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nternational hwdquartefs of k h o v ~ h ' l

vitnesses, at Columblo Hdghtr, Brooklyn,


4ew Ywk. Main offices of Wdeh Tower

Sodefy, alsu Giiead School and the


Whel h m e are ha-

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1975
YEARBOOK
of Jehovah's. Witnesses
Containing Report for the Service Year
of 1974
Also Daily Texts and Cornrnenb

Corporate P ~ b l k h e r s
WATCH TOWER BIBLE AND TRACT SOCIETY

OF PENNSYLVANIA
WATCHrOWER BIBLE AND TRACY SOCIETY
OF NEW YORK, IMC.
INTLRNATiONAL BIBLE STUDENTS ASSOClATlOM

124 Columbia IIeights


Brooklyn, N,Y, 11201, U.W.A.

Dmnch offices appear nn Ingt page


Nnde In the United States oC Amerlcw

WATCH TOWER BIBLE AND TRACT SOCIETY


OF PENNSYLVANIA
OFFlCERS

N. H, XINOXR, President
F. W. FRANZ, Vlc~Fmsldent
GRANT SUfTER, Secretary-Treasurer

WATCHTOWER RIBLE AND TRACT SOCIETY


OF NEW YORK, LNC.

N. H.

OFPlCERS
F.

IWORR, Prcsldent
IW. FRANZ, Vice-President
GRANT SUITER, Secretary-Treasurer

INTERNATIONAL BIBLE STUDENTS ASSOCXATTON


OFFICERS

N. H. KNORR, President
A. PRYCE IIUGIIES, Vice-president
E. C. CHITTY, Sec.+Treas, GRANT SUITER, Asst. Set.-Trras.

INDEX OF COUNTItEB
Page

1974 Sewice Year Report, 207 Countries ................................. 24


Acts o f Jehovah's Witnesses In Modem Tlmes In:
Unlted States o f America ....................................... ...
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Yeartext for 1975
260
Dally Texts and Cornnienb ............................................. .......,,.261
Front endsheet: Brooklyn headquarters and printing facilities
Back endsheet: Watchtower Farms printing facllitlas and 1958 conventlon of Jehovah's witnesses in New York, N.Y., D.S.A.

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CoPyrlght, 1974, ?y
Watch 'Tower B l b l ~nnd Tract Soclew of Pen~~sylvanin

YEARBOOK
of Jehovah's Witnesses
The apostle Paul, in the closing remarks 01
his second letter to the Corinthian congregation,
said: "Finally, brothers, continue t o rejoice, t o
be readjusted, to be comforted, to think in agreement, to live peaceably; and the God of love and
of peace will be with you. The undeserved kindness of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of
God and the sharing [Greek, koi.no.niPa]in the
holy spirit be ~ 6 t h
all of you." (2 Cox. 13:11, 14)
Like Paul, the elders in the 34,576 congregations
of Jehovah's Christian witnesses around the world
arc keenly interested in helping all to think as one,
to be in agreement, and to llvc peaceably. Jehovah's witnesses everywhere have observed that
the undeserved kindness of Jesus Christ has been
upon them and the love of God has been with them,
and there has been a sharing in the holy spirit.
The dedicated servants of Jehovah have not only
been interested in themselves and seeing to it
that they gain a dearer understanding of God's
written Word, which God reveals through his
spirit, but they have been very much interested in
helping everyone else possible by sharing the
good news of God's kingdom with them.
Jehovah God wants us to have a sharing with
him, to have things in common with him. That
is why he has revealed his purpose both by
mnding his Son to earth and by his writen Word.
'rhr! apostle John was one to whom Jehovah revrtnled many things, and he writes to us: "That
rvhEch we have seen and heard we are reporting
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also to you, that you too may be hzving a sharing
with us. Furthermore, this sharing of ours is
with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ.
And so we are writing these things ihat our joy
may be in full measure." (3. John 1:3, 4) John
did not stop at just sharing this precious relationship and these truths with tho* already a part
of the congregation. He conii~uedto move out
into the field that Christ Jesus had started to
cultivate, along wiih the other apostIes and early
members of the body of Christ. They continued
to plant and to water, and 4dGodkept making it
grow."-1 Cor. 3:6, 7.
Having the knowledge that Jehovah reveals concerning his purposes places a real responsibility
upon all those who dedicate their lives to Jehovah.
They can no longer walk in darkness, as they did
while in the world, but they m u d walk in the light,
just as John mid: "And this is the message
which we have heard from hiin and are amnouncing to you, that God is light and there b
110 darkness at all in union with him. If we make
the statement: 'We are having a sharing with
him,' and yet we go on walking in the darkness,
we are lying and are not practicing the truth."
(1 John 1:5, 6) How wondexIul it is that Jehovah
has called us out of darkness into his marvelous
light! So we are "having a sharing with him"
and we want to work together with him. If we
are working together with Cod we should see
msults, and Jehovah's witnesses have seen results
this past year.

Not only have Jehovah's witnesse~ become


stronger spiritually brat they have kept walking
in the light, thus setting the proper example for
hundreds of thousands of other people. They have
aided people of all kinds to gain an approved relationship with Jehovah and to share with them
in doing God's will. They agree with John, who
wrote: "Hou7ever, if we are walking in the light
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with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son
cleanses us from dl sin."-1 John 1:7.
Jehovah's Christian witnesses, who have been
very active during the 1974 service year, know
that during this period they have helped at least
297,812 persons t o begin walking in the light along
with them. They have been delighted to share
the truth with these new ones, which truth has
been revealed to theni by holy spirit. As a. result,
ihese 297,872 have dedicated their lives t o do
the will of God and have been baptized, and they
are now associating with God's people in 207
different countries and islands of the sea. In the
34,576congregations of Jehovah's witnesses there
are now 2,021,432 active proclaimers of the good
news, working together t o get the preaching of
Gad" kingdom accomplished before the "great
Iril~ulalEon" hreaka forth. They have 'plenty to
tlo in (FIG work or the Lord, and lhey know that
ltirir InI~oris not. In vain in connection with the
Lord.' (I Cor. 15:58) Briefly, we might take a
look at what has happened in difTerent parts of
the world to see what is being done and consider some of the experiences these Witnesses
have had. We might best do this by continents.
The past year witnessed a marvelous lnerease in
the number of publishers throughout this vast continent, There are over 292,000 persons who are declarin
the good news in Africa, and they arc associate
with about 6,350 mngregatfons scattered in all the
countries of Africa. What a joy it has been to the
publishers of the Kingdom here t o see over 35,500
newly interested persons dedicate their lives to Jehovah
God and get baptimd this past year. In this joyful
warIr they have had some interesting experiences.
While the woslr i s banned in Cameroon, Jehovah's
witnesses are hy no means inactive. They still haye
thelr faith. They still study thc Bible and they still.
speak t o people about the good news of God's kingdom.
They were very active publkly before the ban came
on, but now they take advantage of the opportunities
for informal w!tneasing. They also eonduct a lot of
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we undersland the Bible io teach, Jehovah% wilnesaes


are still thcre and are st111 wnrklng and at311 walking

In the Ilahl.
In Ghann they have had their second full year of
operalin~ t h ~printery in Accra. They arc
the W n l i * i l u ~ u omagazine
r~
h EWE,Ga and Wrr?l%!
were ns many as 19,445 prenrhcrs nf the good news
i r ~ Ghann, and they cnjo.vcd rood experlenccs. One
day one of Jrl~ovah'switnesses found an envrlope on
the bus and, It~steadof rnijlling it to the owner, decided
l o take I t to the crson. W11r.u the brother prrscnl~d
the e~lvclnE to t i e ownct: t l ~ cman was apeerhlrsr.
He wmtPcF to give the brother a reward, hul tho
brother refused it. H e said l l ~ a tIf he w;intd Inoury
he would have kept the cnsI1 in the RrsI place. Then
the man drclnr(~c1 that, ii' evrryone had l h n t kind
of nejgl~borly nffcction, tlir* world would be FI be!lclq
place. The rrsdt wns a flnv Bible* discussion.
Intereatlncly, the man's wlfr! hsld studl~dwith one
of Jehc~v:ih's tvllntlsses Ilul I~arl slappcd hecause of
her husl):~nrl%rnpposilion. In Sncl, she was Ihe m e
who h i d lost Ihc envclopc! i~tId her husbnntl hncl
heaped nngry worrls upon Rrr. ltul now wlren thr: wire
~'eturnccl home that even in^: hrr children lvsl~edIo
meet twr t o tell her what had happened. Of chourse,
she soon fi~und out: that the one who returnetl Ihc
envelopc was one of JehovalPs witnesses. As a reeull,
a ham^ Dlhlc? fitt~dyhas b w n rmumed In t h a t Ilon~c~,
this tirnc! ineluding thc In~sl):~nrl
nnd all the chlldrcn.
A t last rcpt~rtall rvcre r n n l t l n ~~ o o dprogress in gnlnlrrg
Imowledgr nf Jrhovali's pul-pnsrs.
In thc Volia reginn a ~ ~ ~ ~ h l l was
u l ~ agiven
r
R n allot.
ment of Ki~t.rffioamNewa Imr-is l o distribute, Rr r.11nse
some diatnnl vlllages in which to place thc tmcts.
But he formd that b did not. have suRjcIerlt copics
t o go around. So he mailed rpnc tract to each oF rlre
elders or chiefs in the villnres that he rould nu1
vt-aclz. 011 t l i r ! ~nve10 he wrc~tr!in the Ewe Innaungc?:
"Very Importnnt!'
A);. the lrollom of the frunl ptlce
of the tract 11e wrote: " P l { v ~ sgather
~
the whott! of
your family, bath young nnrl old, and reat1 I h i s trari
10 them. The message 1s vrry hnporiant!'
In one
villagc the chief gathered nll i h pcople
~
in Ihc vlllnf:c
and he had lits randson rend tile iwct to all prcscill.
Each t h c a Hlb?~text was mentioned, anotltpr pcrsan
would open the Bible nnrl read the scriptlzrc rtlorld.
Aftcr hrnrlnlf the whole messagc about the world
crisis all hcr8:~mcdisturkcd, sinre n o one could givc
any sat isfactory answers to I l w questions TImt were
rarsed in tlls tract. A dele ~ t l o n from the villnge
was sent to contact the utlisher hegglng hlm i o
come to Ihe vjllnge so that t t ~ could
y
learn more. M'hnt

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a joy for thc congregation to nrrnngc t o do just that!


In the I v o r y Coast, tao, the trulh really touches the
hearts of some. 'l'hts is the way one man rcacted:
During Ihr! intlividuaPs one-monfh yacatIon hc had
the opportunlt to study the Bihlc with one of Sel~ovnh's
wilnesses, ilnrYnv a. result 01' this one monll~o l lady
of the boolr l l k o I r v t l ~ Tlrtst E,rnd.u to Eter~iflrrlIdilrr
!le knew that he would have to Irga&e his mtlrrlnge
In order to Ilvt! as a true Chrlstban. So -he scnt h i s
wife and thrrr! children to thrlr Immc vlllagc! so nu
not to live wllh thein until 1tc rbonldt>e legally rnarrio!l+
In the menrillme he coniinuccl In study. Ile quit h l ~
secular wor'lc ht~nuse i t did not conform to Rlhlr!
prinriples, and he found othar work. Within n month
he was able to arrange Ills nn'wjrs to legalize Ills
rnarriace, Affcr that hc stnrCtcAlo share in thc flelrl
uctruicc, pranchlng the good news that he was 1~tirning.
Scven months after hls first slu!ly, the newly inlPresl!:cl
Indivldunl w:ks al~+eady
conduct rng twelve Bible stud~cs
tr T his own. All. Ztvclve attenrl tlrc congregation ~neetlngs
r ~ n d ~ W I Ior thrln arc nlrcncly ahririn in llle Zlrlcl
wr.v\r.t~.W I I , 1~1 ~~ o yit Wnx 1.13r1 1 1 ~ 1fblilj~h~1'
bn sw!
I IIIV 1 1 t ~ l vI ~ ~ V I I I ~ I hrrrlli~nr
! , ~ ~
Irnptlrt4 I I ~I hr uDivinc.
\'lr.lnl'y" nn,ldb~!~l~ly"
Ilthtryn
v ( > i y I ~ I U Pnllvc!
~
with Jrhovah's wllnesscs
Ir~(liiy.I)ul LII/; 11 hhrll'l pcl.fotl
limc in 1973 Ihrre w a ~
u t~nnon i l l ( ! wurlc of Jchovnh'r; witnesuus. Rut, this
wnx nil prri nstdc by the government and a very s u e
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scrics of circuit asscmbllus followed. 'l'hen l a
Dt?ucinbcr of 3973 the "Dlvinc \"lctory" InternallanaY
Assembly wits lleld in Nairobi, lE~r ca ital city, w3El1
a pyas atr(mlnnca of 4,5M rind wit\ 209 persons
11.2~ltlzcd,
The branch ofll~wwas opened agaln and, while the
former workers In the branch hnd had to leave, the
African brothers have 1carnc-d to take care of many
things. Jchovah's spirit is puwerful, and up to the
present, rlntlrr S helr direction rlnA with Jehovah's help,
good P T U R ~ C X S IS being made. A goodly amount u l
lite~attirtwas shipped m during the year. Ncw translations of luhIlcations are hrinc mnrlc and the brolhcrs
Lh~rcarc /~uplngsoon to rcrcivo ncw publications.
The Ethlnpinn hrothers w c ~ ealso able to attend
the internatlon:~lassembly in Nairobi, and they rejolcc
now to I~nvrh the entire hook TItr T~rnttl~TRrlt Lrotls
to Etrmrttl T,ijr,, as well as the hook 7II'rlw Prcfcn nlrd
Secpwif~j-Frotn Whcll Xo~trrr9 111 Amharic, ant1 nlso
pasts of n l l ~ c t ~uhlications. "l'liero are still n nurnllor
411 Jehovah's drirlian witnesses who are frnprlsola*d
hccause thcg have been preaching. the Bible, This wns
rlue to the hostile action nf ihe Kfhiopian Clluscl~.
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a gear. The brotliers, thoughn arc not discou~aged.


They count i.t nn honor to suffer for Cllrist's sake.
In Liberia a brother serving as a supervisor o f an
adult education program was invited to take the job
of assistant director of the national program. This
would have required him to move to the capital dty;
it w-ould also have been a time-cnnsun~ingjob. But it
would have brought him a higher salary, more dignity,
and o portunity lo attend foreign conferences, However, ?he brother had just been appointed as the presiding overseer of the congregation, and he decrded
that it was more important to take care of me "sheep"
entrusted to him. He put Kingdom interests first. He
declined the offer, saying: "I have been appointed as
presidh overseer to shepherd the flock of God, which
I consifer to he the most important work for a
Chrisdan. Leaving the congregation lo arcept a directory post in Monrovia would be seeking selfgratiff cation, To me this wn~ildbe spiritudly detrimental
in Ihe eyes o f God." This brother wanted to share
spiritual things with his small con regation in the
interior of Liberia. What a fine splrif ior an elder to
h ave l
The work in Morocca continues in its second year
under ban, but the brotherg are very strong spiritually,
It was necessary fox quite a few Europeans to move
out so there was a decrease of about twenty publslrers
du;ing the year. I-Iowever, an Interesting report comes
from one Witness saying that relatives from France
rvhom they had not seen fnr eleven years came to
visit them in Morocco. The Witnesses decided to carry
on their program of Life exactly as they always did.
Their meal w a s started with prayer. The followjng
morning the visiting couple were included in a discussion of the daily text, and again prayer was offered
before breakfast. A good discussion of the Bible was
had during the day, and in the evening when a book
study was conducled in the home the relatives were
invited to attend. Before their return to France they
were toId that them would be an international assembly
af Jehovah's witnesses these in August. They attended
the assembly and were impressed by the atrnosphcre
of brotherly love. They obtained severaI publications,
including the Yearboolc, and continued considering the
daily text as the had in their cousin" home in
MOTOCCO.The husgann gave up smoking and in a
sl'lost: time they enrolled In the Theocratic Ministry
Schcol and started in the field service. A Little over
a year later they were both baptized. Sharing the
Word of God brought great joy to both parties,
Nigeria now has more Kingdom publishers than
any country other than the United States. The lalest

report from Nigeria shows that 100,S98 are sharing


il~eeirknowIedge of God's Word ~ 4 t hothers in Nigeria.
The Bethel family i s delighted with their new faclow,
which is now supplying all the congregations with
magazines. Persons who accept the truth. leave behind
their old personality with its practices. Two brothers
were preaching to a young boy and gave him a lot
of help. The father of the boy told the brothers that
If anyone could change the bad habits of his son i t
would be Jehovah's witnesses. " W h y do yoy say this?"
one of the brothers asked. The man pointed to 111s
artner, John, and said that John was like his son
efore he became one of Jehovah's witnesses, but now
look at the change! John had been a fighter and troublemaker all his life. FIe was fined eIeven times in one
year for fighting. But when he started to listen to the
truth, within a short period he made his mind over
comxlletclv,
- . much to the amazement of the local

peodle.

In Rhodesia one of the very encouraghg features

nf the nst year's activities has been the response to


l hlr r n ~ rI n sprvr? where the need is greatest within
l l ~ t ?i3(nrntry.lo:ni,11 rnonlh for several months the K h g rlovn hlilri.ulr~/p11h l i ~ h ~i nd ~lioclcsincnrricd a list of
Iti lac^ j)lnrbcswllclhc!~ n u r hhrlp was needed. The brorrlers

~ . ~ s p u n d eentllasiaslically,
d
wllh the result: that many
new places have been opened up, and now, instead of
462 congregations in Rhodesia, we have 513.
Tobacco in Rhodesia is a number one expart product,
and quite understandably many of the brothers have
been affected by what was published m the TVcbtrhf o u ~ mmagazine about tobacco. W M e only a few were
involved in personal use of tobacco, literally hundreds
have been involved in its production. Whcn the brothers
left this work because of t h d r determination to have
employment that would not bring Jehovah's disap
proval whole congregat~onsfolded up. Many have returned to their tribal trust lands, ilsolaced territories,
and they are happy to share the truth with the people
in those areas who have not heard it. Right now the
Word of God is bdng preached in more areas within
Rhodesia's boundaries than ever before.
JnMozambique there are still around 36,000Malawian
brothers and sisters and people who fled with them
living in refugee camps. The government authorities
care for our brothers by giving them a place i o st?
e n d , food ha? been provided regulady along \n%
medxcal supphes. The brotllers have been allotted land
that they can cultivate, so that they are able to raise
their own fgod, and they should eventually become
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of Mozambique w h m the brothers can ~eftle.So it


appears now that our brothers have sufltcicnt land on
which to raise their crops to take cam o f themselves.
Many left the Iarge camp at Mlnngenl and rnovert to
other. locntfons.
'I'hrou~hout the year drcult nsscmhliea have been
hcltl, rlrcuil: overseers have vlsilcd thr! congregations
Inside 1 1 1 ~ cnmps and this has resuItcd in improved
r~nllly In lheir meetings. As the scl.vl.ce year ended
%c r ~ f u ~ e lbrothers
e~
were C R ~looking
P I ' ~forward
~
to thc ilifrteen assemblies awnnged in the ~ S u g e c
camps so that they, along with their brothers throughout ttle world, could enjoy the fine program of the
"Divine Purpose" District kssernhly.
'I'llort! arc still about twenty hr~~theril
in rSmn in
Mnlawl. On April 8, 1974, one of I l ~ chraihcrs ?n prlson
wns relensed and the prlson wnrtlan told him l o flee
quickly t o thp Portuguese terrjfolby. FIr! iw now safe
In onr of t h refugee
~
camps, l ' h ~l,rc~tbrrsin tlie camps
havr cont lnucd their preaching untI t rvaching rvork.
Many pcople fled from Malawi whcn J~hovnh's witne9sr.a wrre so cruelly crseruted, rind t h e 11rethe1-s
hilvc shnrcd the truth wit\ thcm. Durlng Llic ypar 1,959
new brothers a d sisters were LNlptl?rd In the r d u g ~ e
camps. So ~ o o dwork i s being donc.
In Sierra b o n e it is the custoin among Kiss!-s eaking
people Lhaf, if n girl sees s man aht. fnncies, sRe may
cnlnll nut lo him, "Litlanndoo," which lllcrallg means
"Can I cscort you?" If the man Js intcrrslcti he wid
give her kola nuts, and from tills polnl unt.'rc m a r r i a ~ e
arrangements can be started. Onc rlny iwn hmthcrs,
one nlreorly married. were engaging 111 the field service
when n girl ran behind them say in^^ ""Llllnnr~rloo,"she
tniting a fancy to one of the brothers. 'rhr! I~rothcrs
rlirl not want the worldly girl to Iollow thcm, nor did:
Ihvy Ilave any intention of givlnfi hcr holn nuts. So
Lhcy slopped and gave her a witnms conrc~~ning
God's
Itinf:dorn. She expressed keen jnlrrest In thc promised
nrw system of things. Arrangr?mc.rit~wcrc mnde for
thr mnrrlrd brother's wife to slnrt a I3ibJr stucly
wllh Ihe girl. Within a few months Ilr!s ~h-1rlcdicated
her life t o Jehovah and is a vm-v nctlvr publishes.
NeedIcss to say, she bas not been Gaylnfi: "Llilanndno"
t o any st-range men sknce coming Itila Jrhovnhk srlcan

or~nnizatiun.
In South Afrlca the most outstanding went of the
yerv was Ihr! international convention in Johnnnesburg.
Sl~rldny nfternoon of the coi~vcntion tlicre was a
never-iu-bc-forgottenslght for thc ht.uthe~s In Sotlth
Africa. T h c Rand Stadium Wns packed out wlih 33,408
AT~.lran,Colored (mulatto), Indian and wldte brothers
for t Ire flist real internxlionnl gnl hcrlng of Jehovah's

witnesws Jn South Africa. It wail most trul a dlvine


victory, Iwcause .Jehovah made It pnsslble &r
OI ail races and Languages in Soudl Africa, witrhO:k
tlredb: of vidtors from overseas, to gel toaether in one
happy, united thron It was an escltll~gcxperience?
Jt was fi sharing of the lruth wtlh proplr! or Inany
rtingucs, and everyone was siinply 11ubt~li)i~
nvr:tu wHh

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'The brothers in South AfsIca have theff problems,


thoz~gh. Especially the European brothers are under
rcssure 1)rcause of their neutral stand. More than one
~undr'cdyoung brothers arc sn-vln~liftccm-manll~scntrllcars In dctcnlion barradcs hwnzlsr of t hr military
issup. TLuntir~ds of European cmhildrcn hnvr brt>tz PXrirJlcd frrnn school because of rrl'uain~ to shnre in
tlt.~Iling,llag saluting and singIng I h r ~nn i lonal, ~lnlhern.

A1 111e same lime hundreds oS Aftmicanchildren wcre


csprllcd h o r n st11001 becatlse lhcy rcfuscd l:o hare in
prayers nnrl dnging hymns o f Inlsc ~.clle;Ion.In spite
uf tlirsa p~mblems the hrothcrs are strtmg and are
detci.~t~fn&l
to share the good news of Ihrb Kil~gdorn
with 1411 persons.
In Tr1~13RPPPIJ>HC
permission cannot bc oblnlned to
have rl~strirl or circuit nsscmbltcs, nllt sonlr of
1I1c brul hr.~.swcre able to go tn A r c m t r ~nftc!nrl thp
es.r;srnhlvthrre. IIowever, so that all I he brothr1.s might
slrartl 11;~ ~piritilalfood the bran(-11 in Togo Ilopublic
~i~imeogrnpl~ctl
the entire program of Ihc asacmhly ;md
sont a copy lo each congrrgalloll n s k l n ~ lllcm to
rjrhr.nngc for special meetin s iu which iI11.q m:ilerlal
c,ut~ldhe ~ r ~ s e n t e dTile
. srn~Filpl.co~rgr~gnlivns
were to
W ~ Y I Cwlhl 'larEer nearby congrrgaiionc: sn 1h2L a11
w o ~ ~ lhe
d nhlr 10 shale the spirltr~:tl flclod proviclcd by
.Telrvval~'surgal-lization. This provrd to I)c vrry s~lccessI111 and a sour.cc of very fineinsiructlon and encourage-

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The people who live on the IslantIn of the sea are
no1 being overlooked in the prenclrlng of 111~7 Kin dom
~ o o dn e w . Many of them arc called on regu~farly.
In I-Iawali, fur rxampZe. the territory Is hdng covered
nppmximately twice a month; some congregations
cover I l ~ r i ~ .once
s
every three or flour days. Making
gcrnrl ustl af ttlcir opportunities for lidd sclrvicr, itley
ranll, not only at the homes, but nlso nt places n i
l~usiness, nnd they witness to toi1rl8ls on Ihc slrcets.
Whsrbcb the islitnds arc scattered spc(!ial eiTotl is
~1 17(wih III sh8i.e the "$oo(l i~cws"willl 111c pauple.
n the Marshall Islands &strict of Mlcron~sla,n qroup
o f nlne publishers set out on a twenty-lo~rr-(laytrlp on
H copra ship, witnessing whcrever the bonl stopped.

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Their congregation aided them by providing food supplies, One oi the stops they made was at EEili. T h e
people living here were moved from Bikini Atoll at the
time of the U.X. atomic bomb tests there, On landing,
the publishers promptly worked the whole village with
Kingdom maws tract No. 16 and invited the people to
hear an explanatjon of the subject that afternoon.
The response was gratifying; seventy-two persons
showed up, mostly adults, T h e meeting was held in a
cool spot under the pandanus trecs and the people
sat on the sand. After the talk, questions from the
audience were answered, and there was appreciative

o f at1 her religious pictures and objects and wrote a


letter t o the church asking them to remove her name
from the membership roll. But her father insisted
that she continue to take part in Me family ceremonies

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response.

The island of Malta Is, religiously speaking, almost


completely Roman Catholic. So, when a temporary
pioneer slster was asked by a househalder, "Is this
Catholic?" she was not surprised. Knowing that in
nine cases out of ten n negative answer would have
ended the conversation, she replfed tactfully, "This is
a Caihnlic Bible that we are using." The householder
persisted, "Are W O N a Catholic?" T h e sister replied
frankly, "No, we are ,Tehovah's witnesses!'
Understandably she was surprised when the hausel~older
responded, "Oh, well, in that case, you had better
come inside." After the first call, persistence was sequired to find the interested person at home again,
but then a Bible study was started. In a short lime
the woman was sharing in the field service, and her
first month's field service report showed 50 hours and
2 home Bible studies o f her own. O n the same island
a young gir1 first heard the truth when visiting the
home of a friend. Desptte family apposition, she made
rapid progress In her study of the truth and, even
before baptism, was regularly devoiing Retwwn 70 and
SO hours $11 the field service each rnonlh.
New Zealand reports Zhat the past year has been
very evenlful for them. Begides completing a new
addition to the branch ofilce, they enjoyed lhefr "Divine
Victory" District AssembIy at Christchurch. They also
had a fine time distributing the Kdng&m News. And,
according to tlw branch report, 1,077 persons were
baptized during the year, which means that one seventh
of all their Kingdom proclaimers came into the truth
during the past twelve months.

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Jehovah's witnesses in Rang Kong have had a fine
ear in Kingdom service. Sometimes when an individual
earns the truth in a land where thcre i s deep, even
reverenl., rcspect for ancestors and members of one's
immediate family, it is very difficult. One young nominal Catholic lady, upon learrdng the truth, disposed

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connected with anemtor worship. This she could not


do and she made every effort to explain. She was
given the choice by her father of either worshiping
her ancestors or being cut off from the famiIy. It
was a dimcult decision f o r this oung lady who tmly
Ioved her father. She asked Jehovah for strength
and then told her father of her decision. The f a f n ~ r
refused to recognize her as a daughter any longer.
I-Xe would not even allow her to call hjm "fstl~er."
It proved to be most lrying f o r this young lady to
live in a home where everyone ignored her. Bul with
the passing of time the father did observe his daughter's
fine conduct and came lo admire her firmness in her
new faith. Now their originaI relationship is restored.
'I'hc young woman has Been baptized, has shared in
I lrr! lernporary pioneer service and i s making plans
To). Illr rrgulnr pioneer service.
Tn T r ~ t P l r ~ l, r m , lhrre are those steeped tn false reI l j : l t ) l ~ t i I rbf~rh
IIIRR l llrhf cnms In touch with the truth
r111r1 l t i r ~ l u b V : I H ~ v l l ~ ~ ~ i gIn
r $ thrlr llvclr. Thcrc i s a
c , t - ~ , l r t l ~sit t t b t ol' IXt~itlus illat wear a symbol of phallic
rvorshlp around thtxir neclcs. A temple poajari (pxjest)
nT this sccl: was witnessed to and he took the T'I'IIIJL
book. Hc was impressed by what he read and soon
figreed lo s Bible study. The result was most inkresting.
Both he and his fanlily removed the phallic emblem
horn their bodies, cleared their house of idols and
religious pictures of Hmdu rnythologics, and are now
attending meetings at the Kingdom Hall.
Japan had a wonderful year of pmgress! There
were 7,456 persons baptized during the service year, and
134 new congregations were formed. Thousands have
bcen imbued with tlie pioneer spirit. Itvcnty-nine percent of all the publishers in dapan at the present
time are ioneers, Japan enjoyetl a 61-percent fnmease
in publisfers in August when a new peak of 26,355
publishers was reacbed. Nearly all the con+gregations
average more than twenty hours per pubhsher each
month in preaching the Kingdom good news.
With the release of the New World Tmnslatbla of
t h Crt~istaan
~
Greek Xcriptzcres in Japanese there was
much joy among the brothers. And the new factory
In Numazu is putting out the Watchtower and Awake!
magazines at such a rate that the Society has arranged
.For tlre purchase of another rotary press to keep
u p with the demand.
Even young persons can display love for Jehovap.
As an example, one eleven-yearmoldboy baptlzed in

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Tokyo has been condurtlng BIble studlea in the book


F T O Pttradise
~
Lost to Ptrrrrrlisr! I?rgrrirtccl since the
age of lour and has all'catly nirlcd one older persun 29
come to the point of baptism.
At the close of the service ear Tioren, too, re 12s
R splenrlld ear of activity. &ey
renched n p e a r of
26,174 puh18hers. Jehovah's wiinesscs in Karca are
ale1 t t n follow up all Interest prumptly. A publisher
In Chonju met a responsive wonla11 o l about sixty
ycnrx n l age. The prtblishe~,said he would rnll again.
The Isdy explaind shc did not Ifvr! In that ncigllhorhood, but mcntiond t h e gen~rnlnetf!hhorhoorl wilere
shr ltvcd. A few days later thr! pul)lIshcr covrr'ed I hat
cntirr? nelglrborttood, so as t o Rntl t 1 1 1 ~ fntm'esttrd pcrson, A study was started and t h wo1n:tn
~
sturll~devery
very early before stnr.tlna OR on hcr clay's
$o"FPPinfiy the time slla Rnlshrrl fils ildnl ch:lpt~r o f
thr! Truth hook she had Hvvn
h(-in su]?rrntllious
pl.actIcrs In s ~ t nf
e Initial r)pposlllr~nfronl hn. family,
Kven lrPor~
baptism sll* wnr x ~ n d l nunr
~ hundrvd hours a month in thr prcarhkc work. She is
now a r ~ g u l a rpioneer conduct in^ thlrtr.e~ihome Bible
stutlics. 'firoirgh her efforts hvtvpnty.lwr, o r h ~ mlatives
r
nsc studying with Jehovah's w i l n i v s ~ s .
The eople of the Philippine lslantls ccrtalnty have
responrkd t o the truth. Ihwa rvclmr15,059 persons
bapll~ed durfng the past year, nnrl a ncw peak of
76,r;71 ~juldishers was reachcd. Oncl nf thorn not Iong
nac) lvns n youn man holding a tlrgrc!c in >hilosophy,
n sinrvre ~athoyiicand vice-pwsitl~nta[ the Student
Un! t~olir~
Actlon organization, whn wns oftrn dislurbecl
hy i-rllflous hypocrisy In colleffc hls I-oommnte had
many unctcan habits ancl this psrson trIrrI unstlcccssfi~lly many times t e g e t hls roommntr to reform.
Tl~erlflve months after leaving rnllcge, when he met
his roommate a ain, he got n real surprise. l i e saw
8 twmcrtdous cgange in his f o r r n ~ rroornmtllp. Tmr ~ a w dwil h the effect that studying God's Word with
gchovnhls witnesses had on h5r roornmnlt-'s lifc in just
n frrw months' time, he ton uildprtonk a study of the
Hlblc. Thcn, after associatinff wit Ii Jchov:ih'~ mitnssses, hc commented: "If these gounr mrn nf tinknolvn
erluri11lonalattainment h a w succe(~rlr\d
whcrr ave fatlcd
wlth nll of our so-called Icarnin~,t h r n here fs w i ~ d ~ l i l
fnr superior to what I have studlrrl in rollege." This
r;Inccrr! former Catholic I s now n baptV~cd pt~hlfsher
c ~ f 111.e good news ot the Kingdom,

f;e.

EUROFPl
The dedarIng of the good news of the Kingdom
th~%uphtlutEurope met with good success. In tlm

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Iwenty counlrles west of the Iron Curtain there were


452,353 active preachers of the good news, and their
sh;~t+Inathis with the people of nll thcsc nntjons re*
sullrd in 56,845 Wing bxptizrcd and joining wlth Jc
hovali's wilnr-sses in this grcat work uf Iir:lpin~:ol hers
I-aundersinliit t h e reason f o r all the Irotihl~n ntl distress
i l l Ihr. world and what t h e ulthiiaic nut oolue will be.
'I'hc~.r?nrr! now 6,928 congre.gatlons in Rurapc, and
t hr? Iu-otllrrrs have had some very rlcltght rul experiences.
From Denmark we learn that while lhosc acce ting
the truth loday am usually ynunprr w p l ~ wc
, sl!olild
never feel (ha%the older persons wllf nut he rweptive
loo. Onc ~dllisher studied fnr t t i r w years with a
c)nc~rcE I & P I , ~ FOU~IE.
After aturlging t l ~ chook The
I T-11thTlml Lead3 to Btri?'?tal Idif(:i lay ilnallq ,bey,n
in R! twd many meetings al thr! Kingr om Ilu 1 'I'lry
LVPII? clerply shaken when they saw how lnnny clrrgyInrn rlrny God's Word. Seelng I he coiitrnfil bet wtvn
1 llrkr rl~urchrind the new assodntlon, I hey withilrc~
I l n t ) r n 1114% rlluwh organization. Tlle~ctwo individuals
nirh ~ll:l~t.two and eighty-four ycnrs old. The wife
l ~ ) nH . ~~ I53111113 P ~ I ) I - Cshe w a s sevr.nty-six years of age,
I r t 1 4 r , l t v IIIINI I RIIIHI rntv~ioryan11 ~ ~ t ~ r imnnv
~ l l g p;trts of

Iir~ly,rrl hr.rw :ir.tkllly In ' h r v study


I 7,nv I t ~ i p ~t /,w, ~Y nrc t d ) I,P s l ~ : t r ~ r ~ g
~ v l l l iotE~vrs,~IIICI i r ~ihcila 0111 i ~ f y ?I h ~ yt v ~ r e

I l l r - Illlllrs. 'I'hlr Il:lrr


,114- iv11r41 [ ; ~ I I ,

41,

Itit* 1111ili
l ~ l \ ] ~ ~ IJ !x r ~ l

In lg'jnlnnd Jehovah's witnesses are very delighted


wil 11 1Eicir' new printing plant, a large addjtlon having
I~rril nlndc 10 urhat they already hnd. 'rhry a l r cljsIrihullng nver 200,000 bound hooks n year and miHions
o f mnc:~zines,and, through the shnrlng of the truZh
with others, morc than 1,3M persons were h~ptlzed
I r ~ s yc:trq.
l
Some of them first hcard the fruth Ihrouglt
i ~ ~ f o r r n nwitneasine.
l
A young clctllcated ppt,sun w:is
~vr,l-lr!nj: in u c l u t b g store w h w r there was :I staff
rtl' ttlrlwt: thirty. It seemed as tl~ougtieveryone there
was very y o u ~ ~and
y this caused I hr! slster in thlnlc illry
wi~ulrl not be Interested in the r~.ulll. OItcrl Ihe rm
~ l o y c ~would
s
talk about how mt~rh they r>njoycd
I111,od pancalces, but the young slstrr did n n t \rant l o
nrt In on R c~nfroversialsubject with Ihem. Howpver,
in lime Ihe sul>jectof Christmas came up. One of the
t~n11Ioywswanted to know what she was go?jlg to
huy her lrushand for Ch~Sslmas,and s h ~
safd, hothInea'"Vell, ihi.; Rave her an opportunity lo rxplaln the
nr-igln af Christmas. Interest was amused, rhr! emp l o y e ~Ilved in the same direction from the strwe 8 8
l h r alstcr, so they traveled together #inti talked. But
where could they have a study? 'J'l~r!~rnployec'shusband
r~l)jectedlo t h e truth, so the study wils eventually
:~~.~.nng
inc dthe cafe durlng their lunch perSod. Some

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times In the summer they studied 331 the park, some
weeks she conducted the study on the way to work
~ n t other
l
weeks on the way home from wnrIC Another
one joined in the study and soon both werc attendins!:
meetings. Both are now dedicated sisters, also aanthrr
person worlring at the store has b m n haptlz~cl. A11
t h e star now lrnow ~ v h othey nrti and therr nrr mm*P
crpportunities t o witness. So it i s bcncncinl when mr!
shnrc the truth with those around us.
The 3974 service year has been a ~vonderfulone for
the brothers in France. They re,oicbr?over ihclr 15pet-cent increase in publishers, T e brancll nvcrmm
writes that another one of the big cwnts of i h year
~
was whrn they recelvcd t h e Frcnch crllllon of tl~c!
N~70World Trnrtslntion of the 1To2.11 flrriptttren. Thc
brothers "exploderl" with joy!
Cermany cnjoyrd a year ffll~~ledto the IwYrirn with
b l e s d n ~ s .T ~ prospects
P
01 further cxpnnsion In thr
Inrblcry and Bethel hornc have f hrilletl thr T26thcl
family. They arc? now looking h r w n r t l to d o ~ t h ! i n ~
the11 rodlrction of literature during 1 1 1 ~ 1975 servlcr
year. %he Germsn printing p b n t nt Wlerhnd~n liar
Ihc privilege o f supplying many o f tl~rhrt~(1iei-aIn
Europe with literature, and il is ho rrl thnt: durlny!
the next twelve months they will also l?e able l o fro, ly
Ilaly and France with some new puI.rblicalions. tKst
t;r>rmany now has 93,382 publishers: Wrst J3vrlln
opcmles separately inside o f Enst C;rr.ma!iy untl Ihry
h : ~ v c5,555 publishers in West Berlin. H i s lgaotl to srr!
i h~ steacly increase clue to the sharing at the guorl ncw.9
In thpsp areas.
Grrrcc has had ftg troubles wlth a chnn of govern.
men{. It is sriil necessary to continue holcRg mcetlngs
witlth only s fcw attending tn private I~nmrs.Errt what
the families are studying and their hcllef and tllr
urfect they have on neighbors re truly tclllnf:. T h ~ r e
is :in interesting experience of a little hoy who shorvcrl;
t h e right Christian cunduct. Littlc John was plnylng
outside his home when a nelghhor woman c i ~ U r dllim
rind gave him money and asked Illm t o gn l a tllc
tlr~arhy store t o buy her some cignrcttes. The younj:
lncP snid: "Aunt ICatina, let me go to tIlp Rrocer'~nntl
Z)rly Tor you whatever you like, sugal., cnRec, macnronl,
but no $1 arettes." "Why no cig:lreites'l" asked Aunt
ICntlna. &cause cigarettes do harm: thry cnusr eonrt.r,
a n d I I;ve you, Aunt, and do not Hlce to (lo nny h n r ~ n
to you. The neighhnr was impressed nncl looked f n r
.lolrn's mother. Af'cer a discussion abnut the chlld'n
uphringlng and this matter of cigarette smoking, john'^
mother got a home Bible s t ~ ~ d stnrtctl
y
with Iter
nrigl~bor and all t h e family. Good progress is be in^
tnrrrlu nnd tl-lcy are learning the truth.

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Another milestone has been reacl~edfor the XtaEan

witnesses of Jehovah. In 1954 there were 2,587 pub.


lishers. Tn 1 9 6 4 , tI~creport showcrt XJ73, And in 1974
there were 41,141. Jusl this lnst year they Increased
by over 10,000. 1 % ~ )coplr in this Catl~ollc country
art anxious now tn kavt. .Tel~ovnh's witnc.sst?s s l ~ a r e
Ihe t r u t h of Gnd's lVorf1 rvilh them, they arc IIstening
to it and they, In turn, are shnrln it with others. As
in many ather n ~ t no f the wor& allring ,his p a ~ t
service gear, It& rlixt ri h u i ~ r lKip,nrEo,n N I J I *Nos.
~ ~ 16,
17 and 18. The ' brothera rcsponrlcd In :I wonderful
way, There was qlbe:ilrxrllcnlt~~ll
i111dcnthualasm rluring the dlslrihut Ion. Nvw puhllal~clrx Jotnctl in this
work. More Hiblt! ~ t u f l l c IVC~I!
~
slnrlerl. Those who
started out wllll (rnct r!l;trlhution ditl not stop there.
' h e y continuccl, usin I h c LVrrEc??toluer thp AzrruBe!
magazine and the lioo%r. They wnnt t o r h ~ r ethe goad
t h i n ~ sthey have lcarncd wltll ns ntnny
as I hey
possibly can. One f n mil y rrcrked Ri PI grE?%~ ms No.
17, with the result tF~;.ft sixlrrn prssnns i n that particular family and relatives ot I n t e w s t ~ din the huth,
and few- of them shorrd In tfio distrihul ion of Ir'istgdo?n
hTezo~
No. 18. The truth Is pnbvcrful, s n d it makes the
hearts of Jehnvn h ' ~witnes~cs cvrbr'y\vhere Ilappy ta
see the great influx of people who r t n ! fleeing from

Babylon the G r w ~ t .
In Portugal the brothers P~rljuat like Paul, who
wrote: ['But thnt~lcabe to Got1 who always leads us
in a triumphal procca~lnnIn rnmpany wlth t h C
~hrist
and rnnlres the odor o l Lhe knuwIrdgcr of him perceptible t1lrou~h us in evcry plncc!" 12 Cor. 2:14)
Yes, the preaching of tlze g o d nrws wns ticco~nplislied
in a magnificent way En Portugal dudng the past
>-ear. Eight consecutive ubllahrr P P R ~ Swere enjoyed
from September to hpr$ nnd (iirn in Junc there was
another prak of 13,111. WP shot~ldIrrep in mind t h a t
the work in Porlu~nEwas bnnncd undcr the old regime.
Now that the govc~rnmmthas rllnn~,.rdthere nppears
to be more freedom rind thr h ~ + o l l ~ rcnn
r s lncPt more
freely. Thc s.crvic~yrnr a t ~ ~ r t ~OUT
c $ with some of t h e
brothers befng n r r ~ s l r din five tllflrrrnt dlies and
charged with 'illegal' me~t1ng.r.Tllrct? o f lhcsc cases
were heard in courl, bui ill(! judgca rrndt!red rlecisions
in two of them clearly In ravor ol' rclipious Ireedorn,
acquitting the accused. And on Al~rZ12.4 1974, a ~ e t v
regime tool< ovcr l l ~ ecountry, thus nnrlln~forty-elglit
years of dictator~hlp. The new gov~rnmr%nt
declaf ed
freedom oP cx rcqqion nnd Ihc wstltution of civil
rights. As far l a c k as Nuvernb~r 14, L972, Jehovall's
witnesses in Portt~gnlmadp a requesl far lr a1 recogni
lion and it is rinr.rr~lyho cd now f l ~ ~ t prescni
government will a r t ~ilmra!l~on the papers filed so

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that the preaching af the good news cnn go nhead


without any interference.
While a circuit overseer was dsiting a cong~gatfon
In Storkholm, Sweden, he did some witnessing wit11
magazines on a busy street corner. Hc cspci.lally
noticed one young couple. The wife went into a shop
and the man sat outside. Tlw publisher did not ap.
proach the man rig11t away as he did not laoEc too
inviting; he ware long hafr and was h e a ~ i l ybcardcrl.
Suddenly there was no one else on thp strcet te talk
to, so he handed the individuaI a handbill for a puhllc
mecling. The man read it thoroughly and then sa~rl:
This is redly remarkable, that you invited rns to ;I
Bihle lecture..' Then he explaine'd to t h e publis11er:
'Three months age 1 began t o wonder If life had any
menninr; evergtlling i s looking so hopeless. The worEd
cannot have many years left, So I bought a I 3 i h l ~
hccause I: heard someone s a y t h a t these diffYcultics
in the world were foretold there. But if is diflirull I n
flnd what is writlen in that hook. 130 you know if It
says so in the Bible?' Tlze puhIis11er then showed him
the book T r n Pcuce
~
awf Rer:n7itli-Frorn Wltrtt ,To?&l'rhc:P
and directed his aitentfon to "What Will Be illc Srgn'?"
A good discussion was had, and later a visit was liiade
on t h i s young cou le A Bible study Was started nnd
Ihen it was t u r n e z o ~ e rt o a local hrother. The Ixuth
must be shared with all kiilds of people, and wc ~ho~ilrl
not hesitale to do so.
Belriild the Iron Curtain, too, our brothera continue
t o share I h e good news of the Kingdom with others.
The pressures that come upon ihcm from govclmmental sources vary from place l o place, but tiicy
use all the means that are open to them to reach the
pcople with the truth from God's Word. In one o f
Ihcst! lands there was a marvelous response I n t h e
invitation to enter the temporary pionrcr ranks at
vacation time. Many whole families and sludy groups
arranged to do this and traveled t o ourlyjng tcrrilori~s
t o work. The weather proved to be very rainy, but t h i s
had its advantage. As a sister explained lo one housrholder who was complaining about the rain: "Wrll,
w e do not mind the rain so much, because we are
sure to find many people at home." In one area \ v h ~ r ~
previously the response t o the message had h c ~ n
Imor, many people in the v i l l a g e gaiherccl in the opr11
air a n d a brother was able to deliver a lalk t o ihcrn,
after which several asked to be called on in their
homes.
another are? a brother who was temporniy
pioneering reported: The people in general w w e
favorably inclined, only rarely dld any mluse lo 1istr.n
lo our sermon. We were able to get into every home
and often we were invited to sit down." In that S A ~ I P

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land a pianeer slrcter reporta that from the studies she


Is currently condut!t[ng there are thirty-six persona who
nre serjously Intercstcd, srnang whom are nine men
who are rencly to ~ e started
t
in the fldd service.
In i l n o t l ~ ( * sland hchtnd the Irnn Curtain massive
atheist Ir Inrloctrin;~tiun over n pcriocl of many years
has m:~c?eil hart1 far people ta accept anything having
to do with Cod or thr Rihfe. Often they react antag.
onIstlrnlly or cvcn vlol~ntly.The mblishers have t o
ha in,a~niousIu rjrdrr to circumvent t!le prejudice SO
I11e
will Ilstrn. In one rnsc an elderly Witness
r*oup\c rc:ceivcd l h ~tlcldress af a wonIan who had
shohvn s r m e Interthst i l l the truth. The husband of
thr! rvonynn was v c l y mutmh opposed, as were other
I;lrntl nirmbers. Sn thc l ~ r o i h ~ rwould
s
meet with
Iicr $r sludy clsc\lFhct.u. 111 I ~ m eshe accepted the
lr~rthnnd gut hnplizct1. Now they disrussed with their
new sifitrr ways and means l o r them to approach
Irt*r husl~rtnd. They armngcd Sor the brother to call
011 him undcr Ihe prct~nseo f wanhng to buy a few
rnbbits f o r breedin :. Thc brother was t~ call on a
crrtnin dny just bckjre the noon meal. TI11~1gsworked
nut ns pli~ntictl. l'lw husband invited tlie broiher to
e t ~ lwith rhctn, flnd Ihcy hnd a Tong talk about rabbit
brrerling lhnt cntlrd wllh a few lhaughts from the
Hible. l'he husharid invited the hrolhcr lo visit him
~ g u l n in arclcr I r k continue lhelr cliscussian about
~:.~hbiLs,
but [his t ~ l ks r r m turned into a discussion of
131hli! tn~tlis,A third visit convlnccd the Ilouseholder
(11' llle nmd to le~1-nmore aS God's truth. Ncfrt time
l i ~ ehrotI~erbrougl~lhis wife along, and they, in tm-11,
Invll~clthc I~ouscl~otdcrl o visit with them in their
homr. A regular Trlbl~!sludy was started. Soon the
Intcrest In evrl-lasting life In Gad's new order became
much greater Ihnn the Interest in rabbit breeding.
'Tile chi~ngcrl ntlltudc r ~ f thc l~ushand also helped t o
gct othrr mernh~rsof the Pnmily to take an interest
It1 thr 231b3e's mrsstlgc?.
knothc!r rnarrlt3tl couple In this atheistic land were
p u r s u i n ~rn;tt~rlnllstIc: leasures to the hilt, indulging
In ail hinds of dchsueRries. nut they
no real
saIfsfat.tion. The womnn contemplated sulade and her
I%usb~nrl
waR not far from s t ~ c ha state of mind. He
!hen rrmsmhercd his fleshly brother, who was one
of Jehovah's witnesses, They decided to make a trip
i n vIsiZ Rim. Tlicir slny with him completely changed
Iheir nutlook ost llfc. Ttwy accepted the truth and
fuui~dr c ~ lpurIEose in living-scrvin
God according
to ilk StAnrlal'ds. wit11 the hope o f cvergsting life undcr
)cl0111(?

t~lsrightenus klngdorn.

In ycl n n o t h ~ rland behind the Iron Curtain a thirty.


yclrtr.ald rnrrnRrr of the Comm~mnist party was em-

20

Yea~boo7c
loycd as a ciiauffeur. H e had vnrtous oods to deliver
Eut he would steal some of the things. R n one oo:nsim
he was observed by an elderly Witnrss who nsricd him
why he was doing such a thing. Thc yorrnl: man

nnstvered 1 hat it did not make any difYer~ncc, s i n w


(110 ~ o o d shelm@
to the State and tIic ~ o v ~ ~ n r n c . n t
was rich. Tlie brother asked him wl~ell~ert11r1.e1xm-c
RIIY of Jehovah's witnesses in his vlll;rgc*, ;lnd the
young man remembered having herird a ho!~tan eldeviy
wuinan there. The brother proce~cled l o give him n
slmpls witness about honesly al onr's pl:trr o f cinploymnlI. The young inan aslred: "Arr?you one ol Jchovi~h's
wltncsses?" The brother s d d illat Eie wnR, And Ihc
yclung man replied: "How is it, then, lllril your cntldurl is so goat17 I heard that Jchov~i11'swltnesscs RIP
vety bad peoplc and a burden to society." A flnt! dis.
tnusstonansurrl and the young man show~?dI ~ ~ t v r ~ *inf i f
learning more about thp Rihle. 'rhc brother ohtnfnrd
a I3ihlc folb him and Soon l?lryotlng m:rn was l11:tliin
good prog~.ess.In time Ile wrote ;I clc.rfi~~-ntinrl
In \rlillrK
hr slated { h a t he was no Itmgcr goinp lu Ilc nclivr in
the political organizalion hcrause he had llrcnmr onp
of d~l~ovah's
114ritnesses.After he t!lmr!d in li!s slnlvmpnt
lie was given notification thnl hc hnd 1w-n flr'r>d from
his jab. The young man had no f ~ n r .I ~ n l l o ~ v ithis
n~
!IF? was called to a security ofllce, bui h e did nnt shrink
hnck. 1-re only re uested that somrnnc 110 ~ l l u w r dtrl
rlornc nlong with %im i o drive his car h;icl< h o ~ n rill
cast' somcthjng would happen lo him, Two l)ribsans
tvont will] him. When lle at-rived h r was r~re~vcr!
by
f o ~ vmPn. I-Ie was asked: "IJave you rcconsldelwl and
art! you going lo change your cnurec?" 'I't~cyoung
Inan nnswrred: ""No!" The reply of tho rour Inrn was
hard to hcli~ve:"All r i ~ h t Give
.
us ynur Party m ~ m 1 ) ~ 1 - slaip boo]: and you can go!" The yo!knE mnn anrl ( ~ I P
l ~ r opersons with him ivere amamd. N o ~ vtltn1 y o t ~ t ~ ~
1n:tn is n baptized Wjtncss, and a cournueons onr,
NORTIF AMERICA

From Alaska in the far north ri ht on down through


Canada, N~wfoundland,the ~ n l t c fStnles, Mexico ~ i l d
the Central American countries n vcry rnarvolous urlt.
ness was given. On the North American ct~ntinmtnorv
Ihere are 692,327 publishers, and durlug thr y ~ t - t ~
3UG,502 were baptized. There wa8 tftily o ~hn14ngof
Ihc truth wtth many others on thta continenl. Thew
niae now 10,383 congregations servlng !rum A l a ~ k nl o
Pnn~rna,
In Canada plans were worked out for building a
new Kingdom Hall on the property of the Society In
Tnronto and for enlarging the prlntin~plant. This i s

Yectrbaak

21

necessary t o take care of the R ~ Pwitness that continues to sprend Zhroughottt all that lantl. It k Interesting to nate that a French.1anguage Crwspaper in
Montreal .featured nn article entitled As Relidon
Goes D~lwn,Jehovah's \f'lincsses Move Al~entI."The
first paragmpli of tllc a l l irlc stntcrl: "Whel-ens traditional religions are on tlw want., will1 thrir churches
getting emptier all the ilme, Jrllovah's Witnesses ore
experiencing incrcnst!rl mcmberslilp and art? even ac.
quiring former churc0h I~~~lltlings
~ n c l atlicr fncilitles
in which to gaihcl* lhrir nllrv mcnlher~." Jehovah's
witnesses' sharlnr the (riilh wit11 othrt-3 is making hig
changes in ~ a n a d a .
Next to the Unlted States, Mexico has the greatest
number of publishers of any country an the Nor llz
American eontb~cnt. Thvy have now reached a new
~ a ofk n,OC)7, ancl during The y w r 13,fi78 were hap+
tized. M a n y people in Mcxicmo nre haHng experinlces
similar t o this one: 4 T l ~ r r ) uthe
~ l ~h l c ?'ltC3 TvirtJt Thnt
Lectds t o Etefwnl TA e J. lcarned that t h e name of Ihe
true God is Jehova . I took nolc tllnt Jehovah does
not Iikc images In worship, so I Immcdlfjtcly went To
the altar in our h o m ~nnd lolrl my wlfo: None of 1111s
I s any good; il Is talac: w r sl-r golnr: ti, lnltr 11' away."
While she looked un In surprlsc Ihc man hrgnn In take
down all the religious pictilrclu, hut 1 1 ~ditl nol. know
what t o do with thcrn. H c wcnl oul Inlo Illy street and
to Ihe first person Ihnt came by Ile m i d : Tnke these,
you can have Iti~rnall.' Tlc stlya, 'Wc then thougllt,
If Jehovah t l o ~ snot like llnng~sto hr wor~hiped,the?
y e should look for scin~e~ h i i r ~ 1in1 whIcZ3 to worship.
'IVe b g a n lo go to d i S f c r ~ ~ones
ll
but T wns nnt satisfied. I lrlld my wile that wr would RQ to no more but
t h a t Jehovah would hrlp ~ t st o Anrl the r i ~ ' t ~plac:e.
t
I prayed: 'Oh, Jollov;ilr, liral. m&r,ayer; trach me
to do ytwr will, for you arc my 1
[Ps.143:1, 10)
A few days latpr whi'lc I was at wnl-lr somc puhlishera
0 from door to
spoke tn my wife tvhcn tlrry were Ro!n,
door. My wifc told Ihem that wn wnnlrd to know
where we could praise and worship Jrhuvah, so they
left the addrpss of Ihe mcellng hnll, hltrr that our
whole life cl~angerl.Wc br[:an shi~rlngl l ~ ctruth with
clthers.'
In Nicam ua the rebulldin of the Kingdom Halls
and homes o! the broth~rsJn
iManaRutarea moved
ahead after the enrthcliiakc illr*rc*.Thc econornlc conditions made living w r y rllill~1111.
I-Iowcver, the spiritual
promss on the part of .Jrho\~rth's wit ncsses has been
ir.uly arnazlng and thrlltlng to a m Thr majority of
the fourteen congregallons In the Mnnagiin area are
still meeting in buildings wit11 crackrrl waFls or just
ilnder a galvanizr,d roof in somc? pnlto. Interestingly,

he

lhe attendance at these meetings has doubled since


last year. The brcrtI?ers had a 20-p@rcentincr~aseover
last year's average of publishers, The now llnve 2,689
shanng the truZh with others, and 4?7 ~verehnpti7.cd.
SOUTH BnmRTCA
The outstanding event in South America was the
"Divine Victory" Jnternational Assembly, which began
in December and ran through January throughout a11
the countries of that continent. The thirteen nations
of that great continent not\- have 1179,974pul~lishers,nild
during the East twelve months 33,459 were bapflzvd.
TI~erearc! 3,161 congregations scattered from the nor1 !I
$4) t l ~ esouth and Ihe east to the wesf, and rnarvelotirt
progress continues.
Argentina is enjoying great expansion. When the
dislrjbution a i the Xifigdom New,? began I! February

many persons joined ivith Jehovah's wltnesses In


putting these tracts out. One elderly lad rpreivctl the
lract and requested from the Society lxe hoolc Trim
P r m ( r ~ dS~CII~~~~,~-FTCI'II~,-TI
Whut S O I I ~ CP,
C which was
sent ta her address, and the congregation was notlliarl
of her interest. She was veiy much i~npresseclwith
Ihe prompt attention that Jellovah's tvitnesscs j i n w
her. On ihe first visjt a study was organized with this
lady and, at eighty years of age, she h p r o g r c ~ s j ~ ~ g
vcly nicely.
;lehovah s witnesses in Brazil had a wonderful ycap
too. What will bc remembered most 1s the "dvlne
Victory" Intermational Assembly heId in the Pnalemhu
Stadium in SLo Paula at the end of December, I'hc
;altemlance at that lime was 94,586. The assembly Ilad
a trcrnendous impact on tlze cily and especially uprm
zhosr who werc int~restedin the truth, Immcdfatt.ly
Iollowir~gthe absembly, new eaks o f publishct's wethe
reached, the first one in &hruary-~,WU.
But i n
March, with the distribution of Ritrgrimn N r l U 8 NO.16,
Ihe publishers reaclted 8fi,25'7. During June whm~t hc!

next issue of Ki~rgdomNmas was dlstrihutecl, 90,599


participated kn sharing the goad news wit11 othe1.s.
W h e n the 1974 service year began, paraLyzin~strlkes,
violer~ccand u n r e s t were part of day-lo-day living in
Chile. In every city fhei-e werc long lines oT pmplc
waiting to buy bread and other necessjtics; houst.rvivrts
spent an average of dx hours a day in such llnrups.
Well, before the t h e for the "Di~irleVictory" I n t ~ r national Assembly there was a cIiange of povenlmn~t.

Permission Tor the assembly was dcnied just one week


I~eforeopening day, but then that decjsion was rever'srtl
when appeal was made to higher authorities. How the
brothers rejoiced when they saw 21,321 in attendance
and 1,502 persons baptized! Pub1ishe1.s sllo~vett a 22-

percent increase for the year, but at the Memorial


111erewere 313,454 persons in attendance, and that is
three times the pen!< numhcr of publishers! People of
n!l kinds arp srrlng the need for God's k h g d o ~ n .Al-

~lloughrlffltcult~rsnod trials of many sorts have pressed


utr our' Ch ilmn brothers, t h y have felt sccllrr
l,ecnz~seo r thcir rrllancp on Jehovah.
Gtn.c>wth
In tfw thcocrntIc organization is also evident
!n Ertlndor. Thls prls t year the too, enjoyed a 22-perc~~tt'
Lncrunsp in thc numhsr of ~ h g d o r nproclaimers, and
l h d r ;IZt!rnorl;~I nttrnrl~nce was almost four times
tlw pP:rlc nun~l)crof publishers. The increase has required rxpnnsicrn of thc I)l.ik~~cll
facilities, and this work
is r n a k l n ~goorl proEr+css, !nos1 of it being done by
the brolhers Ihemsclvrs. EfSorts arc being made to
~hcnchevrrynnt! with %lip"good news'hna matter how
I~olrlterl !hey mny bt.. A group of spedal pioneers,
worltlng from A mobile home with a jeep and trva
~~iolorryclcs,
have been havlng ood experjenccs in the
EOU~IIPI-n
part of i11c country. young man told one
o f Ihrm I l ~ n thls hmther and family werc studying
f h~ '1'1,rrShhnoIc lo~rthr!r.011r brother d e c i d d to vlsit
!ltmm, I l i l ) r i ~ : l ~ It wnn t~ trip thnl tnnk him Iour hours
l ~ yJ r a r p t l t i r l nnnllirsr Inur hour& nn foot. Ile found
tho I'nlnll y nnit, lirii-c: rnougll, they hnrl almost cornplctetl thclr study of thc Tr~iLla book, the study bcing
i.unductccl b
mcrnher of thc Pan111y, On hearing ahout
:I forthcumcg circuit nastlmbly i.ho
Dung man who
wn(i ~ c a c h II~S
! ~ lnrnily
~~
nnd ir;lrning E l e trutll himself
nt the snxno time l-llnde arrungcmcnls to attend, though
hc had i o trawl c l ~ h thours to get t o town and anotllcr sixlccn hnurs Pl8omthcru to the asserrlbly location.
Mach could I)c snld about the magnificent rogress
of Ihc worEc In nll Ihe continents and the isknrls o f
tlw sea, But the cx1)crlenccs that have bee11 related
thus Par arc typical of what is going on all over the
111

wurld.

1974 %VORLDWTDEREPORT

Jehovah's witnesses tn all parts of the globe are QP


te~ested In what their fellow workers are dofn
arts of file earth. On pages 24-31a t this
find llsrcd .I1 the countries 2nd islands where
.TehovrrhBsswlinesses nre active and it will givc you a

Cb
d
f:l

:b

gonrl Idcn 0 %whn Is h e t n ~donc in the way of p ~ ~ a c h i n g


lhc aonrl news, tlw hi>ul'sspellt, t h e return \-isits made,
r lie Bil,le st utlies conrluctc~l,the number of congregations Imct Inning ni111 the number hnptized in each
country. This Is of rcal intcresl especially to mothers

and fathers who huvc sons and ~laugl~ters


in the missionary work In othcr parls of the world, also to those
who hnvc relatives who Ilave gone to work where the

25

*FICAOVAH'S WITNERBER WORLD WIDIII


fndbhe~t maps In "2974

1974

Penk

Countrp

Fopulatlon Puh)s.

Rrl !urn (I{-17)

g.ss:q.!iw

l!olivitt ( 3 - 9 )
R~'.ml (51-11)

kv

11~1

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('hrrtl

nrr.

Dnn~inlr:hn 1tcp. (J-9)


?+onrlnl. ( L 91

6,50 i.503
3,863 357

I,,Lsmt
15 ~~~~r (J-7)
FIJI IN-371
55?'r;'a
r\itiv~.ic*:~n
Emca IN-40). 2K.rlou

r:l~ber.t&FIIlc,~IzIs.L-391 55.000
N R $ C~ ~ l l ~ l l ~ n(N-Sb)
la
131.01)1)
Now Flrbrldes (N-3'7)
85,OW
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Gulnca
'Yrtnlsln (G-18)
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9.831

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4 5"hT

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Yo~rbooli." WDI.

1973
1974
Av.
KO.
I'ln. Nn. of
P~rbs. B p ~ z d . PIILR. Conn~,

:?.i

31:414
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(1)-29)
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rl~~110 1871 :'r Tnc.

Onc l"tr\r Av,


Il.;l~or if?:Pub-.

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2

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1,277
218

Yearbook

Yearbook

26
Country
West Berlln (E-P8)
Ghana (K-17)
Greece (F-19
Guadelou e 1J-10)
Frpnrh 8utana (K-lll
Martini ue J 10)
~mtemnya Guyana
RaItl (5-9)
EIawall (K45)

--

(XC-kn

TruI; (H-36)
Yap (F-31)
Honduras (I<-7')
H o n ~K o n ~(2-31)
DTacno (C-35
Iceland (515)
India 1J-2:

t14
Ratlo
1974 %Inch
P e ~ k One pub Av. over
Populatlon Pubs. llsher to: pubs, 1973
2 047 4'10 5,555
369
5.438
3
9:362:912 19,443
0,000 000 17 418
324'000
2 : 2 ~
330 00G

714,2:i%
~,OOO,OOO

832,147

Iruland (D-16)
Isracl (G-21)
Itlilv (F-181
S n i ~Mnrlno (F-18)

-271
-

905
4,290
1 270
$079
b:56~

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1,215
562

1,624
183

1 , ~ s

31,6n0
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11 527
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557 000 0110
B R ~ ~ I : ~ (B-23)
R ~ F S ~ I 50'&.14'000
NO a1 ( ~ - 2 7 )
12:ouo'mo
~ik%lm(A-28)
200:~00

Indonesia (630)

14T

1%

451030

s,ztl:sag

482
51'1

130,WO C03

4.5fi7:810
4 4rx1,OoO
5 0
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4,3!5?

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4 12TllOeM

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40

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Dubal (~-32!l Iran (G?3)

Ira (G.22)
~oraan(1-1-21)

(H+22)
atur (13-221
at~diArabia (J-22)

55.000
SB,U~

33,159,@00

10 07-1 1G9

2:e~o:ooo

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ZZ$OOO
5' 740 000

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Antigun (J-10) 70,791

11
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44

19

21
15
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15

38

50
57

4,248

L1

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313
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1:563
77 4 1 5

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3;21:i,ooo
1,751-r

838

3 823
1'227
2 :

2s

Sudan (K-20)
l'anz:inla (M-20)
Uganda (L.20)
Korea (&35)
Lcbai1011 ( ~ a r )

20 WO 000
100
14:000:0fl0 1,851
11 000 000
142

91
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JIVI

108,336:9~~ 26,355

L52
-

60
44

3,?71 18
3 1 ~ 5 1,521 18
7.35
m 19
l::b17 33,9G5 23

Ivory Coast (I<-16)


4 100 O(30
Upper Voltn [K-l*)
5''~~s:l.ll
Jarnalm ( 5 - 8 )
2:62;..7fl0
6,332
Calmnn 1411l1-1Bg (J-8)
32 8W
24
Jnpnn (E-X>

18,085
17,073
2,061 14

760
29

23
4,lll 22,612

93
1,376
Il.8
1:263 22 861
I , 1:ii18
5,000
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is6:136

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1 als;o3o
4 1,9T,OMl
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171
414

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13

%?

Puhs.

1974
No.
I3ptzd.

Av.

PIo. No. 01
Pubs. Congs.

Total
Hours

27
Total

Return
Visits

AV.

Bible

Studies

1874

Penk
Fopuiatlon Ftrbq,

Rntlo

1074 %be.

Elcltcr to:

Pubr. 1:R:X

Ona pub-

hv,

over

ISM

Av.
Pnhs.

1W4

Ke.
Bptzd.

Av.
Pto. No,o t
Tetnl
Plrb~. C t l n ~ ~ . Hnnfmrf

Total

Rftt~rn
Vlslta

Av.

BlbTc
Studies

Yearbook
1w.1

Population

Pfnk

rAV.
m smc.
Onc 14nz-el.
nnntln

Put)%. Iialicr l r l :

Pk\l>s. 3973

y 3 Bpfrd,
???

I'urm.

Pubs. Cmgg.

1
rlours

31.
Totnl
Av.
Rrlr~rn Rlllle
l'lnlls
Slr~rtlc~.

Pnrcentnm of decrease
t Worlc llnnned and reports tcre I~MinnlQttY
Q

need is greater. But even Lf you {lo not personalIy know


soma of these people, the interest on the part of
Jrhovah's witnesses is world !vide because Jesus Christ
said, T h i s good news of the kinzdorn \dl1 hc i ~ a c h e d
h~ all the world for a witness to R I I tile nrctkns, and
then thr end: wiIl come.'So we arc very zn~lrllinterested
in whnt Is hcing done around the worlrl.
It l a Interesting t o note that, undar tlre dlreetion of
tho nlncty-six branch oficcs that looll ilftcr tho work
In 207 dilTerent lands, tllerc art! 34,576 congregations
r ~ rJehovah's witnesses. Thousnnds nf new IC~ngdom
I-Talls bnvc! been built in all arts of the earth, and, in
mnny instances, these are flylcd t o overflowing. Tllere

ts no uestion about It; God "furnishes ua all thin s


rlchl lor our enjoyment" Far our part, wc ou h i 7 0
tit ood, to be rich in fine worlcs, to be ifbcral,
resrly to afare." (1Tim. 6:17.18) And no matter where
J e h r ~ ~ ~wrtne6ses
ll'~
are, they want to share,
h t US bricfly, for a moment, look at what they did
wor 1c1 w idc.
Wllen there is an organization with 2,021,432workera
who arc working with God ana arc! bnclced u b his
11o1yspidt, worlrcrs anxious t o shale the WorR o ? ~ o d
wit11 ollrer people, it i s no wonder that 297,872 ersons
l h r c ~ u ~ l ~ oI hc
u t tvorld dedicated their llvcs to $horn h
iuld wcw biipHzed.

''wars

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ACTS OF ~ I I O V TUTXESSES
~ S
IPJ PiIODREN TIMES

Man of the workem spent their W1 tIme in tlle


preaehrng of the good news. On the average. 14,525 of
them were In the special pioneer worlc, and 132,610
others were in the pioneer and temporary ioneex work.

Along with all the con regation puhshers, who


averaged 1,753,578 in numier throughout the year,
they devoted 371,132,570 hours to preaching the
news o f the Kingdom. With that many people talK$
that much, all around the world, people certainly
heard about God's kingdom.
Jehovah's wilnesses cannot spend a11 their time with
the people in their homes. They have to earn their o m
living, take care of their families and look after life's
necessities. But they have printed sermons, boolrs,
magitzines, booklels, and they leave these with the
people on a small contribution. Apart from what they
use in their own personal study, this i s what they
distributed last year in the way of publications: B ~ u n d
books, 27,581,852; bookleis, 22,409,287; magawnes,
373,238,018 copies. In addition t o that, they obtained
2,387,904 new subscrf tions f o r the TV&c7ttOwa~ and
A ~ m k e lmagannes.
of course, kept the p r ~ n l m g
plants of the Societ very busy. 3-t: was necessary to
produce 51,663,097 zound boolts. 18,239,169 booklets,
236,093,830 'CVatcktowcr magazines and 235,017,799
Awa7ce! magazines. In addition t o this, they printed
hundreds o f millions of copies of tracts and other literature that they dis!xlbuted in upward of 160 languages.
Jehovah's wilnesses are not just interested in distributing literature. They want: people ta read what
they get, and that is why they make return visits. The
record shorvs that they made 151,17l,555return visits
on interested people, and every week throughout the
year they were conducting on an average 1,351,404
home Bible studies. Someday soon, we pray, i 9 e
people too will exclaim, "I will say t o Jehovah: You
arc my refuge and my stronghold"'!-Ps.
91:2.
W e welcome all of these with whom we are studying
the Bible, and other interested ersons, to attend meet.
ings at our Kingdom Halls, anBto share with us in our
worship as a congregation of God. Throughout the
world there are 34,576 congregations, and you will be
interested to h o w that on the evening of April 7, 1974,
Sunday, there were gathered around the world at the
celebration of the Lord's evening meal 4,550,457 persons.
So one can easily see that people are interested in
what Jehovah's tvitnesses are doing. We want to
share the riches that God suppIies, so that all those
who hear the truth from God's Word can 'safely
treasure up f o r thcmseIves a fine foundation f o r the
future in order that they may get a Arm hold on the
r ~ a llifers,'-1 Tlm. 1319.

Yea~book

NIneteen hundred years ago the Son of God, Jcsus


Christ, when on earth began to sow seed. In a parable
Jesus likened himself to a householder who planted
fine seed in his field, only to have a foe secretly sow
weeds arnon the good seed. Rather than risk uprooting
the wheat %y removing the weeds immediately, he
allowed both to grow together until the harvest, when
the dirfesence between the two would be unmistakable.
Jesus pointed out that the weeds were the sons o f
the wiclced one; the wheat, the sons of the kingdom.
To the undiscerning, those wccds imitation Christians,
would appear to be wl~eatlike,hncl illrough the tenturies the wheat and the weeds continued to grow

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together. At the harvesttime, which is 'Vhe conclusion


of the system of things,'-the reapers, who are angels,
would collect the wecds to destroy them, However, the
wheat class of Christians would shine as brightly as
t h e sun in the kingdom of their Father. (Matt. 13:2430,
38-43)Becausc of this, as the Ycarbook shows, a l a ~ g e
throng o f others have joincd with them world wide
in magnifying Jefinvah and, declaring that His kingdom
is the only hope for rnadunrl.
Beginning at Pentecost of 33 C.E. the wheat class
appeared and thereafter grew in ntunher. (Acts 2:1,
41, 47; 4 : 4 ) Christian congregations were established
throughout Israel, ant1 later throughout 1.he then Irnown
world. However, as foretold, the Devil succeeded in
oversowing the wheat field with weeds, By the fourth
century C.E. Bnbylonish religious thinking and Greek
philoso hy had made Their mark on professed Chdsoms. Bpostasy from t r u e Christianity had come to
full bloom and the weeds, imitation Christians,
abounded in number. The Protestant Reformation,
actually a mere rebellion against the Catholic Church,
resulted in many sects, stccped in religious error.
Despite apostasy, wheatlike ones were in evidence
durlng the centuries of spiritual darkness.
As the conclusion of the system of things approached,
the Most High God, Jehovah, acted to identify the
wheat in a pronounced way. Very interesting things
were happening in God's fleld under cultivatron. Especially was this true during the last half of t h e nincZeenth century in one sector of that worldwide &Id.
What took place is part of the modern-day history of
Jehovah's Christian witnesses, That history, covering
more than
a hundred
years,
is very
interestingly
brought
t o our
attention
by our
considering
their
activity in the United States of America.

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UNITED STATES OF AMERICh

that the rccortls of the Apostles and the Prophets are


Intlla~olublyHnlred. Whnl 1: hcard sent me t o m y Bible
to study wlth more zcnl and care than ever hefore."
Thr! Inqulslllve young mnn was Charles Taze IZussell.
Born 111 Allcghrny an Fchru~u'yIG, 1852, he was the

Our narrative begins in the mid-nineteenth century.


Covered wagons still roll across the open plains, r a w
ing settlers to remote sectors oi the American West.
frast herds of bison or buffalo-some lwenty million
in 1 8 5 L y e t roam between ille Appalachian and Rocky
hror~ntabranges.
The devastating Civil War ravaffes the land and
takes Its deadly toll from Btil to 3865, foUorvcd hy
an cra of industrialization. In IF69 the iirst transrontinental railway comes to cornpIetlon. Durlng
t h e 1870's the electric light and thc lclephone first
come on the scene. The electric strcetcar fncrlltitt~s
urban travel by the ISSO'S, and by thr c~alury'send
a f e w automoh~Ies noisily proclaim t h e i r presence.
What the religious climate of this crn w ~ ~ he
l dwas
~tnprerlictnhlc, i o say the lenst. Clla1'1cs Darwin had
cspousctl the theory 01 man's evolutinn in 111s 1850
work Origin or S p c i e ~ ,AS evolution, highcr criticism
of t h ~
Bible, atheism, s iritisrn and infidelity nssnilrtl
organized religion, the %orna], Catholic Church hrld
Zhe first Vatican Councfl (1869-1570),thus rnnliing n n
eflort to strengthen her weakening position. Varlaus
a l her groups eagerly anticipated the Imminent Jlesh 7 ~ )
return of Christ-but in valn.
?let, "the conclusion of the system of tllinga" was
npproaching. Surely "1v11pat"-true Chriaiians-must
exist somewhere in God's earth.wicle flcld under
cultivation. But where?
'A DAY OF SMALL 9WlNQS'
It is about 3870; the place, Allegheny City, Pennsylvanla. Allegheny, which later became a part of Pit-tsburgh, i s a city of many churches. One cvf?nInlng a
young man of eighteen- i s walking along onc of
Allegheny's str@&s. By kis own later admissjon,
he had been "shaken in faith regarding many longaccepted doctrines" and had fallen "a ready prey te
the- logic.?f.infideMy." But tonight he is atiracterl by
Some singing. Re enters a dusty, dm hall. His object'!
In his own woids, "to see if the han%ul who rnel f hcre
had anything mere s ~ ~ s i b lloe offer than 213c meeds
of the great cl~urches.
The young man sat and listened. Jonas Wendell, a

Second Adventist, delivered the sermon. "His Scripture


exposition was not entirely clear," our listener lntcr
remarked. But it did something. H e had to admft: "'It
wns sumcient, under God, to reestablish my wavering
iailh in the Divine inspiration of the Bible, and to show

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swnnrl Ron of Joscph L. nntl Ann l<llza (Birneg.1


Russt.11, both or Scoll ish.Jri8h desecnt. Charles' mother,
whn had tlrdlcntcrl him to the Lord's work at birth,
tlierl when hc w i ~ sa lad of nine. But ~t an early age
C!iarlcs rcccivpd his first imprcsslons of religion f r ~ m
h ~ sZ-lt'eahyirrlnn n m l s . E\*entziaEly he joined the

ncarhy ~unRrcgat&n.rrl Church hccausc of its more


lihprnl vlclvs.
As R mrrP boy of eleven years, Charles entered a
busin~ss partnership with h ~ sfather, the youngster
htmsslt w r i t l n ~the artlrlcs of agreement under mllich
I t ~ r l renterprise operatcrl, At Rftccn hc was associated
w l l l ~his Enll1c.r In a gruwfng chain of men's cIothing
stores. In time, they had stores in Pittsburgh, Philatlelphltr, and elaervhcrc.
All alanllr, younc Charles waa a sincere student o f
thr Scrl 1lurPs. IIc wanted to serve God to the best of
Ills ilt~llfly.i n rilr+, unrc, whm ha wns twelve years
olrl hls ri~lhrrfount1 hlm In Iha family store at two
o'c-lock i n the tnurnlng, poring over a Bible concorrlnnce, hecdlefin 01 Ihr! hour.
Growlng oltler, Rz~ascllwas spiritually troubled. Esp e r l ~ l l y was he concrrnecl &bout tlie doctrines of

~ternd.gunislimcnt and ceclcstinatlon. He reasoned:


i\ God tlliil I Y O U ~U6C
~
%IB pDWCr to create human
brlngs whom he farrlrnetv and predestinated should
h~ rirrnully tormcnlcd, could hc ncitber wise, just nor
lovl~~:;.ETls ~inntlnrdwould he lower than lhat o f many
tnen." 11. John 4:Sj Nonetheless, young Russell contInuccF t o bclicvc in Gotl's cxlstencc. His mhid beIcnjiucrecI hy concern over doctrine, he examinccl the
varinus crerds u I Chrisl cndorn, studied leading Oriental

relly:lon~--nncl
W 1 1 4 ~was
~

cxpcricnccd

!ruth t u hc found?

grave

disappointment.

n y the time Russell ~ v n sseventeen e later as~ociate

says thnt this ts the way he reasone6, namely: There

LISP i n my trying to find out anythlng reasonable


nhout itlc future from any of the creeds or even from
lllc Rlhle, so I'm just ~ o l n zto forget the whole thing
nnrF ~ i v oall m y altcntion to basincss. If I make svme
money I cntl use tIlnl t o help surfering h u r n a n i l ~ ,cvcn
tf~ou;:h 1 cnnnclt rlo them any good spiritually. '
It was whlk young Russell hat1 such thoughts that
h p stepped inlo that tltngy hall i n Allegheny and heard
the sermon lhat 'rwsknhlistlcd his wavcring faith in
t tle fill)lc's cllvine inspiration,' Approaching several

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young men of his acquaintance, he told them of hi8


intention to study-the Scriptures. Soon this small
gro.y?+ b u t six in number-began meeting wcckl y
:'or systematic Bible ehtdy. At' their regular gatherlncs
during-the yeiirs IS70 to 1R75, the rellgroz~sillinkinl! of
Ti:e:c: x,cn ulicierwen~ profound changes. With the
passing of time, Jehovah blessed them with Incrraslna
spiritual light and truth.-Ps. 43:3; Prov. 4:IS.
came to recognize," wrote Russell, '"the dlfference betimen our Lord as 'the man who gave himself,' and as the h r d who would come again, a spl~tt
being. We saw that spirit-beings can bc plrsent, and

. . . me f ~ l greatly
t
gricvcrl at
the error of Second Adventids, w l ~ awere expectin
Christ in the Resh, and tcnct~ingthat tlie world nn3
all in it except S m n d kdvrntists rvarllrl br: h u n ~ c d
t ~ pin 1873 or 1874,-rvhst: timc.settlngs nnd disap.pointmetits and y u d e i c l ~ ~ rncrally
s
as ta the ohjcvt
and manner 05 h r s conung t r o u g h ! more or lcss r.pproacEt upon us and upon a11 who longecl lor and
proclaimed his coming Kingdom."
Earnestly endeavoring t o counteract such elTOneoUs
teachings, in 1873 hventy-one-year-old C. T. Rusucll
wrole and published at his ow11 expense a booltlot
entitled "The Q b j e a n d M w e r of the Lord's Return."
Some 50,000 copies wem publfshed and it enjoycd
n wide distribution.
About Jnnuary of 1876, Rus~ellreceivcd a copy o f
thc rdlglous pcdodical Xlte licrald of tho Mornigtg.
From thc cover, he idcniiffed it wjth Advenllsrn, but
i t s conients were a surprise. Thc etl~for,N. I-I. Dnrbour
of Rochester, New York, unclerstood t h a t thc oh rtbt
of Jesus Chrlst's return was not t o destroy hut to 1, CISR
all families of the earth and that Ills coming would
he tkieflike and ngt @. the-.flesh but as._a splrlt. Tn
fact from BlhIiical tnneprophecE~s R a r h u r thought
~ h d s then
i
was present and that the hnrvpnt 1 ~ 0 1 4 c of
gathering the "wheat" and "tares" ("weeds") was
already due. Russell arranged a rne:ting with Barl>our
and, as a result, t h e P i & j b u r g k & b l ~ c l a s s d - a h o u t
thirty persons-became amliated \ n t h Barbour's slightly
larger Rochester, 1L**
sork. g o u p . From his ( w n
frtnds Russel cantributed money to print t l ~ ctlwn
nearly suspended -l[eruld, becoming coedilor of t lw
y e t invis~bleto men.

ju i i r ~ ~ a l .

At the age of trventy-five, In 1817. Russell he an


selling out his bysiness interests and wen! into lull-t%me
preaching activrty. He then was travelmg from d t y
t o city delivering Bible discoursea at public gatherin~s
on t h e streets and in Protestant churches. Because of
this work, he became known as "Pastor" Russell, Me

dctermlnetl l o tnvcst h l ~fortune in the promulgatfon of


1 1 1 ~wol-k, Brvotp his Hfc to the cause, prohibit collectlons at nll meriSnrrs nnd dencnd on unsolicited coni~-lhulInnst o rontink Ihc! woi.1~aftcr his own -money

wns cxhnusted.
In 3R77, Rnrhour and Russrll jolntly pubXsherl Three
IVorldx, c r ~ r lf kr! JIca?.rmmf
o/ ThCs World. This 196-page
hook romblncrl Inrorrnntlon about Restitution with
DIhlical t inlc prophecies. It presented t h e view illat
dcsus. ChrIst's in'tllsihlc pi-csence and n forty-year yeI'iorl o rnina lvllh n Ih~*ee.anA-a.ilalf-year
harvest dated
fl-orn r 1 3 ~il~tttlnlno f 7871.
Vcry noteworthy was the striking a c c w a v rvSth
whlrh !)at
hook pointed to the end of the Gentile
TE~ncs, the nppofr~Esd tlmcs of the nations." (Luke
21:211 Xt ~ h n ~ v o lo11
d
pages 83 and 189) that this
2,520-year pcrIod, during wl~lchGentile or non-Jewislr
t ~ n t l o n s~ ~ o u lrule
d the en1tll without intcrfercncc hy
nrlg lrlngtlorn of God, Iiegnn with the Babylonian overthrow of the Itlnedonl n l .Tudah in the late seventh
mntury I3.C.E. nt~dwn~ildend in 1914 C.E. Even earlier,
Ilrawrkvclr',C. T , Tiuasrll rvrnlr nn article entitled "Gentile
7'Irnvs: Wlirn 1111 T'tloy I?nrl?" Tt wns puhlisllcd in thc
R i l ~ l rF:,r:.rn??~
~
i l t c 8 r of Oclolwr 1876, :urd I l~rrcinRussell
~ n l r l :'!The s c v c ~tImcs
~
will end in A.D. 1934." He had
( h ( ~ ~ ~ y' ~ I ~lnkcr1
Z I I hr: Gentile Times wlth the "sevcn
t l n l ~ d 'mrullrrncd In Zhc hook o r D ~ n i e l . (Dan, 4:16,
23, 25, 32) T u e t u auuh calculations,- 1014 did .mark
i l ~ .vnA
c o l tl?osr t Imcs and tllc birth of God's kingdom
111 I l r n v c ~I ~
V I ~ I I C11rlst Jrsus afi Ising. dust lhlnk of it!
Srhovnh f:mn I PC! 1175 pcoplc I lint lcnowlcdge nm_rlxfoul. d r = c t ~ d r ~ s - h r f ~ ~ ~ c tlmcs
~ t f ~ o ~oxpirccl.
c
All went mrll Tnr a whilc. T l ~ mcams the spdng of
187s. Rarho.ur. cxpcdcd Illat the livlw saints on .earth
wozild tlim Ile cnu~l11,a!v?y 11odTly to bc forever with
Ihr f.m-rl in Ilrnic!). >3ut I I djtl not happen. Accordin
tn R~rssrIl.nnt.holll. sc~rnedI n feel that he must
~1ewssI1
y get up same1 hing new to divert attention
from ths fnllure of the Ilvlng s ~ i n t slo he caugl~taway
r n ~nasse."I!e soon (lid so. 90
our painful surprise,"
says nl~ssell'saccor1nt, "Mr. Barbour soon after wrote
iln nr1it.l~for ?hr I l , ~ r o l d
the
nloncrnrrrl-dcnyln~ IKn2 Urp heat 1 of Chr1E.t was the
r ; t ~ ~ s o ~ ~ ~ of
-tw
Ad:m
l c r nnd Itis race, sa ng that Christ's
dcath was no more n setllemcnt o the penalty of
man's sin:: ZIlnn would tIic stlrking of a pin li~rtlugh
the hotly of n fly nnd m u s l n ~I t sunerlng and death
b~ cnnsidered by nn cnrtlllv ~x;ct~tas A just settlement
Inr mtstlcmcanr~rIn hls child.
VXn Ihc. S~pEcmherissue of the Hmnld appeared Rug.
scll'a artlclc "The Atonement," apllolding the ransom

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and contradicting Barbour's error. Until December 1878


the controversy continued in the journal's pages. "It
now became clear to me," wrote Russell, "lllnt the
Lord wouId no longer have me assist financially, or he
in any way identified with, anything which cast R n
influence in opposition to the fundamental
of our holy religion." So,what did C.T.Russel do? -I@
continues: "Tllercfare, after a must careful t h o u ~ hunavailing Mort to reclaim the eming, I-_withdrc\v.enand Prom
-tirely from. TIE B e r a I d .of th@ nfot%trg,
f u r t h e r feElowship with Mr. Barbour." But this was not
enough to s h o y his "continued loyalty to our Lord
and W e e m e r . Hence, further artion wns t a k ~ n .
IYrites Russell: 7 therefore understqod it to-be ?he
Lad's ~ $ t1h a t J ~ h o u l dstart another jnttrnal, in tvhlrh
the standard-0-c
.Cross , should I)c lif led- M h ttlr
iloctribe oP the Ransom dcfcndm nnd flio Good hhn;:s
of great J o y proclnimcd as ~xlcnsivcly ns ~)ossiblr."
C . T. Russell 'tool~it as thc Lnl~rl'sIcbiIin'g: fhni he
give u p traveling and Ijegin p~tblisllinga journal. 'I'hus
in J u l . # 7 9 _ t h e first-issue of Zion's IVntrii Touirr n ~ d
. HE&-:#?..of Christ's P r ~ s ~ s made
ce
its appcarancp. Now
known world wide as T?,wJVatcl~toww,this mngazIne
has always upheld the BlhlicaI doctrinc of the ransom.
As ljhssell once wrole: "From the flrst, it has been R
spcclal advocate of the Ransom; and, by the gracc
01 God, we hope it will be so to ihe enrl,"
The journals beginning was R "day o r smnll things,"
as i l x IEr.st lssue conslstcd of only snme 6,000 copies.
IZcch. ?:lo) C. T. RussGl, chairman of t r e Piflrs73ilrFfh
13ihIc class, was the edltor and puhllsher. F ~ v eothrr
mature RibIc students servcd origlnnfly 8s regulnr
contributors to its columns. The n~ajinnnewns tlrlrllcntcd t o Jehovah and to the interests nf God's Itinpdom.
Reliance was placed upon God, as indicat~d,for instance, when it was said in thc second Issue: " 'Zion's
[ Watch Tower' has,we believe, JEHOVAH for its hnckrr,
and whilc this 1s the case it wjll never be? nor ~rfiiiolb
men f o r support, When He who mys: All $e gold
and silver of the mountains are mine,' fails to provide
I
necessary funds, we wi11 rmdesstand it t o be ?imp l o
I suspend the pnbljcation." Never has C I I ~ publication
heen saspended. Instead, its printing has soared t o nn
average each iswe of more than 8,500,000 cnpics by
\--late
1974.
Firm determination to uphold and declare Biblical
tntth had resulted in divine blessing for those BEble
students qf the 1870's. Dcspftc the growth of many
religious keedsl' in the worldwide field+, God hnd
acted to identify the "wheat" or true Chsist~ans,(M:itt.
13:25, 37-39) UndenEably Jehovah was calling persons
"out of darkness into hia wonderful light." (1 Pet. 2:9)

p.lnciP1e

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In 1879 and 1880 C, T. Rus~lell and-. his assodates


f nIlinndcd -umne lllirty congregntians in Pennsylvania,
Jlcm Jcrscy, New York, hZassnchusetts, Delaware, Ohlor l ~ l r l filichE~;m,Russcll himsclf nrranged personal visits
l o r t : ~ r - l ~congregation. 111s program called for one or
srv~~r.iil
Bihlr, mrcl ings with eslcll group.
'l'liosc rnrly con~rcgallons were called 'keclesias"
I from the Greek r k k f ~ s i ' r t menfjfng
,
"c~~gregation")
n w l nt tlmcs were spolrsn of as classes. All congre
l:nl Ion members votrd r o n g r ~ g ~ l i o n a l on
l y certafn mat1c.r.s nnrl ~ l s nclectcd n board of e l d ~ r s ,responsible for
rlirccring ~ o n E i . ~ f l t o l r nnrnttrrs.
t
'I'lre ecclesias were
litiltrtl t q e l h r r h i rlccrptiny: the pattern of activity of
1 IEP conErc~;~tion
in flittshurgh, rvhere C . X. Russell
1111rl ol lr r~
Il7rttrh 'rolc:r,r aprtttars wore elders.
,Tesus Christ 'preached reIcnse to imprisoned captives.'
( I , u k ~4:lti-21; 1 9 ~ .61:I, 2 ) If honest-hearted ones of
t hr nknrtr~nthccntury were to gain Codagivenfreedom,
~r*flgiouscrror had to be e osed. Zion's Watc7b Tower
tvn* awvlni' thnl tir nre.?et, something else he1 ed
tn f i l l I h s I ; P ~ -."alhrc
I
Studants' Tracts" (also cafied
" 0 1 1 1 '1'hc~rll~~l:y
G2urlrlr%thFy"l,
writ ten in 3880 and thesen l l r + t m Ily I l tl:~rr&llnnrl hEs rtr1lrnj:usrr. Thosc tracts were
~irnvltlt~rlf l'c'r- for' cl l~trl)ritl
l r ) u l ~ yWfltr'71,
l'otur'r readers.
C', 'I1, Iltlsqclll nnrl hIcl n.rsoclntrc: helicvcd they were
In IRt? tlmt. U P hnl*vcsl, ant1 lllcy werc Iew in number
- - ~ l ~ - u b o u tono hundred atron In 1881, But eopIe
n c ~ t i f ~l ldl ~ ~ r a l l n1mlI1,
g
and by (!od.ri undeservez kindnrss Ihcy wcrc aolng Lo receive it, "Wanted-1,0?0.
pI'rc;ichcrs"L was. i h c strikln y true of an article m
Xioa'~ WnCck Il'ou~rr o f A rh 1381. To those able to
yivs onc 11alf or more of tLir l l l n ~ , e ~ ~ to
l ~tbg
~i~d
.unl's work, it was snggcsled: "That you go forth
,I l r ~ l ol ~ r o
~ r esrnnll cltira, according to your abdity,
\ JIH Col orleur~or Evan~ellsts, seek t o find in every
I ~ ~ l n cI
t%
* earnest
,
Chl.istinns, many of whom you will
rlntl possessed of n zcnl for God, but not according t o
. l c n r ~ w l c r l ~ lro; tllcse seek to make known the riches
t)r Our 1;fithcr's Er';?$e, and the beauties of His word,
rm tracts. Among othcr things, tl~ese col"
I
I
Ifnrrrm~ncrs of today's pioneer publishers)
7
,hlnln lIrniclr, Towfa subssriptiong. Of course,
I
1l'rltr-h 7'otimr rr!ndrrs could be full-time
l r r r - l t t I l r . t 6 . YtuI, Zhns(? who untrld not devote fttll t h e
!rnr*t.cr not Icll Out, for they !were told: 7 f you have
n Ir.dtlJhour, or arr hour, or Irvo, or three, you can use
i t ; ~ o dII 151111 he necept&blc with the Lord of the harvr.rt. Who cnn te31 thc hlcssfngs 1v11Ich may flow rom
clnr I l u ~ ~ r 'servlcr!
s
tinder Gorl's dircction."

'I'tic.dcsked thousarlcl preachers did not then answer


tht! call to nction. (During 1885 there were about 300
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co1porteurs.l But Jehovah's servants knew that they


should preach the good news. Fittingly, Zion's Watch
Tower of JuIy and August 1851 stated: "Are you
preaching? We believe that none will be of the little
flock except preachers. . . Yes, we were called to suder
with him and to proclaim-thegoorl-,~~ EOE,that in
due time y e - ~ - g h ~ ~ o x l f i e & - a z r b - a e r f o rthe
m things
-'now preached. W e WeFe -noT IcaUCd, ?tor nxoirtted to
receive honor3nll _amass-wealth, b u L F e n d and be
spent, .and - t o ~ ~ e-the~ h good
.
news.
In that same ear-lal--C.
T. Russell completed
two largo parnpl%ets. One was entitled "Tabernacle
Teachin~s,"The other-Food for Thinklag Christians
--exnuscd certain doctrinal errors and explained the
divinh purpose.
Originally the printing of tracts and Zion's WUtch
T o w was done almost entirely by mmme.rcial. m s .
Rul
t literature distribution was to exnand. and if the
... I .
Bible Students (as Jehovah's wlfncises 'were then
known) were to rcceivc contributians to carry on the
work, some sort of society was required, So, early in
ISS1,Zion's
Watdi Tower Tract Societ was established
AX an+unincofporated body with C. $. Russell as its
manager. He and others gencrousIy contributed some
$35,900 to get this printing organization into operation.
purlrig 1884.t h d c $ c ~ e r l yunincorporated
.
Society was
~ c o r e ~ d d - Zlqn's
a s
Wqtch Tower %%a? Society,
usse serving as its pres~dent.Today this religious
corporation Js known as the Watch Towcr Bible and
Tract Society of Pennsylvnnia.
"Thr purpose f o r which the corparatlan i s formed,"
said its charter, "is, the dissemination of Bible truths
in various languages by means of the publication of
tracts, pamphlets, papers and other religious documents, and by the use of a 1 other la~vful means
which its Bpard of Directors, duIy constituted, shall
deem exaedlent f o r the furtherance of the wmose
- stated."
"The dissemination of Bible t r ~ t h s 'took
~
a notable
step forward with a series o f books entitled " M U p i a l
D a ~ m " (later, "Studles m the. Scrl. tuxes"). Written
.Ty hy. T. Russell in easily understood Yanguage, Volume
I was published in 1586. First called 'The Plan of ,:he
Ages" and later "The Dlvme Plan of the Ages, it
covered such subjects as "The Existence of a Supreme
Intelligent Creator Established," "Our Lord's ReturnIts Object, the Restitution of All Things," "The Day
of Judgment," "The Kingdom of God" and "The Day
of Jehuvah." During a forty-year period, six million--copies of this publication were distribu%ryeI ing
?Wcn%lx'@dso f sincere truth seekers to come out of &lse
religjous bondage into Christian freedom.

In the course 4f time, C. T. Russell wrote five other


books of the "MilIennial Dawn" Series. They were:
Volume 11, Tka Tima Is at Ha?zd (1889); Volume 111,
T'ky ~ i n g c l ~ a i . l z(1891);
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Volume IV, The Battle
:b)~&'mugeddon (1897; originally called "TliG D a y of
Vengeance"); Volume V, TAG At-onement Betweelz God
and IVlaa (1899); Yolume'VJ -TJLGNew G ~ e u t i o(KIWI.
~
Russell did not survive to kite $15 Tntended seventh
volume of this series.
What a response there was to such Christian publications! God's spirit prompted individuals to act. In
some cases, withdrawal from false religion was quick.
"Its truth .captured. my heart at once,', wrote one
woman in 18.89, after reading a volumc of MilEefiniaZ
Dazun. "Forthwith I withdrew f r o m the Presbyterian
Church ivhcre I had so lon been g r o p f in the
dark for tho truth, and
it n o t
c ergyrnan
wrote in 1891: "After preaching in the MErlCethodistl
Elpiscogall church for Ehrce years, during all of wluch
time I have been-.earnestly-seeking the truth, I am
now, by the help of God, able to 'come out of her.' "
-Rev. 18:4.
A lceen desire to preach the good news i s displayed
in the thoughts others expressed to the Society by
letter. For insiancc, in 1891 a man and his wife wrote:
"We ha~e,consecrai~d-nu.
all l o .the Lord and to his
irrvice-t~-_be_usedto-his lory; and, the Lord willing,
I arnsoirq t o t r e l h e c3porteur work as soon a s - I
eangr;t_th~ngsarranged, and i f the Lord accepts of
my service andblesses me in doing his worlr, then we
will brpah up housekeepin and both wife and I will
engage in the harvest: wora."
Quite interesting was correspondence the Socict
received in 1594 from one man who had obtained vof
umes of J f B Z e ? t a i a D w ~
from two-womenwho were
colporteurs. I-Ie read the books, ordered additional
copies, subscribed to Zion's Watch Tozucr and was
moved to write: "My dear wife and myself have read
these books with the keenest interest, and we consider
it a God-send and a great blessing that we have had
the opportunity of coming in contact with them. They )
are indwd a 'helping hand: t o the study of the Bible. (
( The great truths revealed In the study of thls series
have simply reversed our earlhly aspirations; and
reaIizing to some extent, at least, the great opportunity
for doing something for Christ, we intend to take
advantage of this opportunity in distributing these
books, first ago_ngur nearest relatives.-and _ friends,
-and-tkrrZ&ng tkpoor.. who- de3iFeTf:o read them. and
are -unable to purchase!' This letter was signed by
J. F. Rutherford, who dedicated himself to Jehovah

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twelve years later and eventually mcceeded C, T.


Russell as president of the Watcli Tower Soclety,
THE BII3I.X HODRE

The Bible Students had headquarters ofllws flfst


at 101 FiWh Avenue, Pittsburgh, and there~fterA t
44 Federal Street, Allegheny, Pennsylvania. Ry the?
late 188Ok, however, the accelerating work o f p u b l l ~ h ing the good news a n d gathering sheeplike ones rnatle
expansion a necessi~._SoJefiovah'speople built their
o w ~ t n t ~ ~ - Cleted
o m in 1S?9 a t a cost of 534,000,
this2o u r - s t o r y h n 8 bullmg situated at 56.60 [Ealcr
-renumbered FlGlil4) Arch Street, Allegheny, Ivas 1~nomn
as the "Bible I-Iousc." Ori inally it 1rn.s held in t ltla
by t h e Tower Publishing 8ornpnny, R private conepsn
managed by C. T. Russell that for some ycam pub-

lishtbd literature for the Watch Tower Soric


at an
aflecd pricc. In April IS%, ownership of this p ant and
real edatc ~ w t st r n n s f ~ r r e dhy donation to thc Watch
Torver .Society, -its board of directors evalvn ting the
structure and equipment at $164,035.65,

The Bible House served as the Society's headqunrter~


for some twenty years.

J u s t thinlr of it! Back in 1890 there were onIy about


four Iiundred active assodates of thc Watch Tower
Society. But Jehovah's holy spirit wns at work and
WRR producing fine results. (Zech. 4:6, 10) Accorclingl
the 1RSD3s were times o f increase. In fact, llundrciy;
gathered, on March 26 1@9, ta rnemo$alize the rlenth
of Jesus Chris7;l-n mcbmplete report c l t i n g m r o u p s

artici~ants. Indeed, sheeplikc ones t M


17d d n g 'in 0 XiF pefi'4-Mic. 2:B.
Growth of the preaching work had been spurred.
on by C. T. F,usse3lSs-$ip abroad In 1891. This 17,ODOmile journey took h ~ mand h s party to Europe, Asia
and Africa. Thereafter a publications depot wan sct
up in London. A k ~ m a n g m e n t s.were made to
ublish the-Sot5ety'FHteratu~e in German, French,
~ u r ~ d i Danc-Norwegian.
sz
Polish, G r ~ e l i a*,-lfer,
in Italian..

"q

" 0 TEZIE HOTBE QF dEEOVAtI mT llfs QW


David rejoiced ?hen it was aaid: 'To the house of
Jehovah let us go. Ws. 122:l.l Comparably, the cnrly

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Bible Studcnta were delighted t o gather for meem s


ilnd convcntionr. (Heb. 113:23-29)The spiritual rewar%=
w r e many but one thing alwa s was Eacklng-the
rollcction \air. A llcsblc to
meetings and convrlntions ~ P J P I I ~ ~ A E C
! ~ I T I uritnesscr
P ~ ~ ~ is the slogan
"Srats frrc, no cnllcclion." Properly so, too, in view
nf .Jrsus Uhrisl's wurds: "Ymt wvclved free, give free."
Ynluntory mntrlhutfons have scn~ed to carer any
rspmscs nssoclatcrl with meeting places of Jehovah's
prn1)Ir.-Matt. 30:8; 2 Cor. 9:7.
Supposr WP join ottr fellow beIfevers of earlier
tlmrs R S t h ~ ytrrlvcl t o t h ~ i wcekl~,meethgs.
r
"Before
Rnrl nfter lhc tam of f h century,
~
cammentg Ralph
l T. I~fllrr,"t hvc_wcre-vc very few meetings missed
hy 11s. In thorr days wr%d
na ears. The gnly way
t h a t tvr who livctl o11t i n thc country five rnlles from

air

+nnm could get to the mectings was either walk . .


n r use a horsr nnd buggy. Many, many times we used
:I horse nnd buggy ur rarriage to drive ihc fen miles
rauncl t r i p twicc on Sunc.luys to attcncl thc meetings.
Yrnr nrtc~r car, stimmrr rind winter, rain or shine
wr rrn~ilrr~ wna our prlvncge to learn ever more and
marc. nl~outlhr! truths o f I h r Biblt! and to strengthen
atlr h i t h . We rlltF nnl: wnnt to mIes nny opportunity
l o nssorintc? wit11 ollicrs nf likr inllh." EInxelle and
Helen Krull r'cmarlr: "Whca the snow covered the
round wc wcill by horsc nnrl sleigh, covering the
hnrsr! w l l l ~n XIlanlcet. durj~igtht! lnecl lng. Sometimes the
I ~ o r s ewirlted pntlcntly ruid somctimcs it pawed impal I~ntly.''
What were those cnrly mcettngs Iflre? One of them
wns l~nsedon Tabcrltclcls Shadows of tl1.a E~etkerSacnflcr:r.tl, flrsl. publlsh~rl by l h c Society jn 1881. It con-

fi

sldcrerl Il ~ epropl~ct
ic signlficnnct: of Israel's tabernacle
and tho sncrlnccs offercrl there. Even children benefited
~ r r n t l yfrom t I ~ e s r studlrs. Recalling lhese meetings
ns l~cldin one home, Snrn C. Kaelin comments: "The
Eroup hntl incrcnscd nnd sometimes the children had
to sit on Ihe steps Iradlng upstairs, but all had t o learn
nnd answer t~~stions.
W h ~ rlirl
t
Ihe bulloclr represent?
1 . 1 1 ~ Court? $hi? Iioly? The Most Holy? Day of Atone
m ~ n t ?IIIgh 13riest? WnrIcr ricst? It was so irnpr~ssed
on our minds 1hnt we Foul% vlsuallze the I3gh Priest
~,rurformlr?ghis tltrties and we Itncw whnt it meant."
"Cottnjy Meetings" were hrld on lTrednesday evenlngs, Thcsc nlso became known as Prayer, Praise
ant1 Testimony 1Mwtfngs. Concrrning thcm EdIth R.
Hrrnisen writrs: " A i l v c a hymn and a prayer, the
lrndcr read nn nppmpdate scripture, giving a few
comments, and thon thc meeting was ttrrned over to
I tic! frlsntI8 to cnrnmpnt as 1 hey wished. Sometimes
It would he a joyful cxpcrlcncc one had in the scrvice

work or some evidence of Jehovah's special leading


or protection. Onwasfree-to .offer a-prapr- or ash:
for a certain hTmn to-be -sung _ the words--oft e ex~
-3Fcss@g the thoi~glfisof one's heart better than the
erson-muld: It was an evening for meditation upon
?chovahys lovlfig care and f o r close association with our
brothers and sisters. As we listened to some of their
cxperienccs we grew to know them betier. Observing
Their fafthfuIness, seeing how they overcame thcir
difficulties often helped us in solving some of our
o w n perpfexities." This meeting was the forerunner of
what has since developed into the servlce meeting,
held weekly by Jehovah s witnesses t o c K ~ ~ Sb
y ihelp~
ful to them in their preaching work.
In those early clays, "Dawn-Circles,: were heId on

pecause
&-evenings. ofThcrc Rihln

sludics were so named


volurncs
Millunsirrl Dn~uwwere used. Ral h
H. Lelfier recalls ihal Sundny evenlng usually was
voted to a Bible study or a cllscourse on the Scriptures.
W h a t was known as a "
'kly
mtght be given.
What tvas this?' I-Ie explains: "Under the front cover
of Volume I of Studies b~ the Em'ptecres there was a
long chart
. That chart was enlarged to thc size aP
a banner
and could be purchased from the Bible
ITause in Allegheny Pennsylvania. That chart was
hung on the wall in front of the audience for all t o see
as the speaker for the occasion went about explaining
its many arches and pyramids. The chart was a graphic
ilIustratlon of the main Bible events from rnqn's
crealton l o the end of the milIcnnium and the beginnrng
of 'ages _ta_c_ope.'
. We learned much about Bible
htstors from these 'chart' talks. And thcv wem delivered frequently!'
"Chart talks" rnf~ht be delivered at the remlar
meeting places of ~exovah'speople or elsewhere, were
these discourses effective? C. E. SilIarvay rccalls: "Tke
talks must have borne some fruit, for the little group
grew $om six adults to about fifteen in less than two
years. Qa_o&occasinn,
William P. Maclrrid~e.gave
a chart talk in a Baptist church in Long Island City,
m W 1 r "with the result that several members of
[the I3apt&t preacher's3 church came into the truth
and the minister . . . C. h Erickson also came into
the truth and became one of the Society's traveling

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..

. .The
. speakers."
annual comrnemoratlon of Jesus Christ's death

afforded early Bible Students opportunities to hold


conventions. (1Cor, 11:23-26) One such gathering took
place in Allegheny, Pennsylvania, April 7-14, 1892.
Present w@reabout 400 servants of Jehovah and in.
temsted persons from some twenty states and Manitoba, Canada. Since then, of course, spiritually reward-

ing conventions o f God" pecrple have been held in


many cities tkrolrghout the United States and the world.
And how Jehovah has made things grow! From over 123
lands the 1958 Divine Will International Assembly of
Jehovah's Witnesses drew to New Pork city's Yankee
Stadium and Po10 Grounds a combined audience of

253,922!

COUEAGEOIJS AND STRONG-ELEARTED


LV GOD'S SERVICE

"Volunteers Wanted!"--that was the strikin title


of an article in Zioa7s Watch Tower o t April 1
8 1899.
It proposed a new method of dissemfnatln Bible truths
-one sure to take Christendom's clergy %y stom. To
participate in this work, a person would have to be
couraeeous and stronp-hearted. IPS. 31:24) Jehovah's
aeon16 of that time -were triven the o a ~ o r t u n i t vto
&age in mass h c c l i s t r i b ~ t i o . pofL3;OQ,Qb0 cogi&a-oI
a new boolclet entitled* T e e'BibTc-vs,.' Evo4fiition." It:
was f o ~ a n d m t - t ot h i Feople as they left the chr~rcbes..
-laW!iIl37. 'CFPistfan volunteers by the fho~s$cds
'responded-w%olehearledly,
and a great work was done
in the Uniled Slates, Canada and Europe.
This volunteer work continued for
especiaIly
on Sundays, and eventually was expanded t o include
_house-to-housetract distribution. New tracts were pubm e m l ~ a X wEe a year and were delivered lo
churchgoers by the millions. From 1909 onward, the
Watch Tower Society released a ilew series of tracts
called "Peoples Pulpit" (then "Everybody's Papar" and
later ''The Bible Students Monthly"). Thwgh--these
m o e a c l s religious error was cxposed, Scriptural
tru
ere- explained and the naiions wexe warned
about the highly significant year 1914. Cartoons and
illustratio~saddmi lo the. effectiveness of these tracts.
By suc11 tract distribution, God's servants were more
and more noticed by the public, becoming widely
known as-RibIe Students -- and- International Bible
Students.
-.-. .*". "Each :;ass had a Volunteer Captain who planned
thc work, says Edith R. Brenisen "and the workers
were called Volunteers. . . . sunday mornings were
spent in this volunteer work. It,took_us t o the church
dm- We passed out the tracts as the people came
out of church.
At twelve o'clock, as the people
came out, we_han&i-the literature to them and then
waited until one o'clock so as to serve those who
stayed for Sunday school. Almost everyone took a
tract. Som threw--theirs on the ground and, of course,
we gatfi~&those u T h e message the tracts contained
was ~ m n eout
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Many pleasant evenings were spent pre aring the


tracts for distribution. Margaret Duth recal& evenmgs
when fellow Christians met at her home for that purpose, and writes: " W e would open the dining room
table full length and some o f us would separate the
tracts while others folded them: another group would
stamp llle~nwifh ,;the time and location of ihe Sunday

afternoon lecture.
Next came the ddistrlbutlon itself, According t o Samuel
Van Sipma, this Was an activity of the Bible Students
in wltich practically everyone shared." He adds: "Many
o f us would get up early on Sunday morning Cabolxt
five o'clockl and leave tracts on the porches or under
the doors of thc homes in a section of territory assigned, two or four usually working together. Of course,
tracts were also dlstrihuted at other times
. Some
hzve not inappropriately referred to* this tracting a?tivity as scattering gems lilrc rnornrng dew, and unquestionably many were indeed refresh~das a resuIt
of reading these inspiring pages of divine truth."
Even Christian children shared in tract distribution
work. Grace A. Este recalls how she and her two
eldest brothers "wouh tiptoe onto _ i k porches early
aYZ3??day- rnmngs and--slip the tracts under the
doors.. Opposition might wen be'-e-oiiiitbred,
for
Sister Estep continues: "Sometimes a door would
suddenly open and a veritable giant of a grown-up
would appear, usuaIly screaming invectives and sometimes chasinglls withbrams or cants or flailing arms,

..

aild making dire threats iJ we sl~ould ever dare -to


return. . . . Now and then, however, someone would
accept the tract o r smile at us, and then we'd rush
homc to tell our parents."
Use of tracts produced good results. For example,
Victor Y. Blackwell tells us: "It was a tract which
brought the Kingdom truth into our home. A tract was
the beginning of a solid foundation of Bible truth f o r
m y fatIier, my mother, myself and children, besides
many others who accepted and embraced the hopeand faith-inspiring information about the Kingdom
government for all mankind."
ITSING. !I!HE PUBLXO PRESS
"Another feature [of the work1 that cannot be overlooked lightly," says George E. Hannan, '%as the
publishing of Pastor Russell's sermons tn the newspapers." An international newspaper syndicate fep i n g - C . T. Russell's sermons was developed, Though
Russell might be traveling, weekly he would send t h i s
syndicate, made up 01 four members of the Society's

headquarters staff, a sermon about two newspaper


columns in length, They, in t u n , retelegraphed it t o
newspapers in the United States, Canada and Europe.
The Society bore the telegraph expense, but the newspaper space was given free.
A publication named "The Continent" once stated
concerning C. T. Russell: "His writings are said to
hav~jrealer-newspaper d r ~ ~ c r ~ e e 1 r t h
:those of any other llving man; a greater, doubtless,
.than tlie combined circulation of the writings of all
the -$fiCsh-and preachers in North America; reater
ewn than the work of Arthur Brisbane, $orman
Hapgood, George Horace Lorlmer, Dr. ?rank Crane,
fiedericlr Haskins, and a dozen otlier of the best
known editors and syndicate writers put together."
But it was not Russell as a man that was important.
The wide circulation of the good news was vitally
significant, "More than 2,000 newspapers, with a cornbined circulation of fifteen rniIlion readers, at one
lime publisl~edhis discourses," said The Watch Tower
of December 1, 1916. "All told, more than 4,000 newspapers published these sermons." Here, then, was
anothcr means of spreading Bible truths.

"ULRSS EXTENSION WORK"


T h e courageous activities of Jehovah's servants were
intensifying as another feature of their work came
on thz scene in 1913. Known as the "class,extwsion
\vorkl i t was an externire- public lectur& campaign.
TZlZng trp- t h i r rwd ivork were forty-eight-traveling
inillistcrs sent o"u t o n assigned routes as public spcakers, But "class extension work" involved more than
this. The names and addresses of interested persons
tvho attended the discourses were obtained, and lhese
individuals were visited a t home by Bible Students, all
in an effort to gather such ones together and form
new congregations. Colporteurs helped to organize
these congregations, and many new ones were formed.
By 1914, in fact, 1,200 congregations were functioning
in conneclion with the Watch Tower Society throughout
the earth.
"After obtaining the use of a ball f o r a public talk,'"
say Hazelle and Helen Rrull, "we arranged for announcements in the weekly newspaper and made calls
giving personal invitations. We also set a slant board
a t the entrance of the hall with a chalk-written announcemcnt of the meeting, M a n y o f these halls had
only lamplight. If interest was shown at the initial
meeting, we followed up with further talks. We made
it a point to greet and talk personally to each one of
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little group) and t o caU at the homes of the Intcrcstcd


oncs t a further their interest."
TRAVE-G
WITH THE PlTdRWS
As early as B94- twenty.anetraveling ~eprcscntativerr
of theJatch Tower Society FWre sent out to hold
prR,Emeetings and to upbulId congregations of BihIu
Students spiritually. They traveled on a fixed mutr,
and as, congregations m i n number adrlitional_l>Ih
grims ns they -!\-ere @-1ed~re@ sent-on tho road.-Pil-Krirn; Cervecl. The i S ~ r e s t sof &cTs peoplr from t l:r
1RWs to the late 1920's. Their attitiirle was 1Ikc Ihat nf
Paul. who told Roman Christians: "1 am Jonoine t o ssr
you, that I may impart some spiriiunl gil <to'-you in
order for you to be rnntlc firm; or, rnthn-, t h a t thew
may be an jnterchnngc of rncnuragemcnl among you.
by each one through the olher's Saftli, hot11 yours ant1
mine."-Rom.
1:11, 12.
Persanality traits of the traveltng pilgrims varied,
as did those of Jesus Christ's apostles, (Luke 9:W:
John 20:24, 25; 21:7,8) "Brother Thorn had n mnct
mild manner, was an exceedingly well-groomed, g o a t ~ e d
little man," comments Grant Suiler, adding: "The
pilgrims were impressively neat. , More iinportanlly
they ai$d their listeners to dcvelop faith In tlla ~ o c d
of God. When Harold B. Duncan first met Rmthcr
Thorn, "it: made a loving and lasting imprcuslon."
Brother Duncan says: "His talk to thc group was lihc
a father gMng loving and afl~ctfonalcco~msclto l i i s
sons and daughters, and granclsons, sort. of lilcc a
patrlasch In limes of old."
Grace A. E s t ~ precaIls: 'qrnther Ncrsee lnvcd music,
and after we children had been sent to hed, mom would
play the piano, dad the violin, and Rrother FIersse
wnuId sing the %hymns.\ . . Of tlie others whom wc
knew and loved so much-BrotI~er [Clayton J.3 FJ'ooclworth, Brother Xacmillan and others whose Iives wcrr?
such a fine example of endurance-there is a spccial.
affectton for Brother Van Amburgh. He was so frill
of gentleness and tendelmess toward the 'dearly hcd
lovcd' that he often made m e think or what tlte Ise.
Iovetl apostle John must have been like.''
Looking back t o the days when she was a young
girl and pilgrim brothers stayed in hcr home, Ethel G .
Rolmer states: "mey were always intercstcd In us
yozlng folks--my sister and brother also. We always
enjoyed their visits. As a young girI, I was a IIttIe
awed by their quiet confidence and faith--accepting all
things as Jehovah's will. *They really-WL us young
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~ ~ of the pilgrims endeared themselves
to t helr fcllow bcltcvers also hecause they made thems ~ l v c s"at tlnrne" when visiting, "What: made the visit
so pleasant?" asks Mary M. Hinds. She answers:
"Grt~ellagsdlspenserl wlth, t l ~ cpllgrrm quesuons daddy
ns to ttit. public n~cclings,whethrr o r not Ire has any
qi~estlonlinhuiit tlw articles In l'lre Watch T'ower, how
1 l r i t l ~ ; stire movine alor,~:tn the Ilttlc town, i f anyone
~1::c 1 3 s!towing inrerost since the last visIt, and other
m t t i n e rlurstions. For n llttIe w1hIIe his attention is
till rctcrl to us cllllrlrrn (tlrrer! of us now) hefore hc
r~111.c~
to his room. 'Isn't hc nice? f!e talks to us!' We
arc thrlllcd and off to a good start to enjoy every
mlnuic of his stuy, usually onc or two days. Maybe
I1 Is Dmjumin Borlr~n who has given me a picture
f o c t c a ~ ' r l lllnr h e hroz~gl~tfrom the I910 Cllatauqua
AICPc0n.r-rmllon and hc has pastrd his picture on
the hnclc of It. ~ \ prarhaps
r
Rrottlrr S. A. EaIinct has
rnrrdc m y trrothsr a ltlle nnd i s helplng him fly it. . .
13rothcr A. H. M ~ c m i l l a tmay
~
tnlte a moment to go
out to the corniicld with 11s and select six nice ears
of corn for his rli~~nel.."
"Somc a t the pllgrIms had personal ecullnrltles and
the^^ wero noled, o f roursc; admits Rarold F. woodworth, "hut Ilirrc wcrcr outstaucling q~~alities---giftsof
l h c Iinl s Irl!, t hn1 left a dccg nnrl lasling Influence."
S I S ~ B L - Znlp E, Newen rernnr~m:
will never, never
fr)lTpr>2.
n stnlemcnt that Brother Thorn made that
Jlnu h e l p 4 mr! to Illis day, Hc said, and E quote, 'WhenevtbrT t;ct l o lhinltlng n groat deal of myself, I tnlie
myself ~ n t otho cornr?r, $0 to speak, and say: "You
lit r I t * sprclc oY rlust. What havr: you got to he proud
r~f?""' A nrltcwottlry Imlt, inclccd, for "thc result
nP humlllty nnd Ihr! fenr 09 Jehovah is riches and
p;lar'y and Il.fr,"-IJrnv. 22:4.
These-uavclirrg pflC?rJms dtd not harc-an easy time
In"jirun~eyingfrom 11;icr to place. Concerning trips of
her iilishnnd ~ d w ; t r d who
.
once scmed in this capacity,
Edltt~11. Rwnlxrn wrotr: "To reach some a the outuf.lhr-wny p l n c ~ sit tvas often neccsssry to travel by
train, st agcconrhh, wagons of dl kinds and horseback.
Somc of such Trips WPI-P very exciting.
One appointmont was I I I nr near lClarnath Falls, Oregon. To get
therc nfler goln part way by t r a i ~ l d ethen had to
t o l ~ can overni&t trip by stagecoach, Thc next day
1 i i h G1.i mrt-nf a -little town by A brother who was
Ihr.1-r ~ilfihn hucltl~oarcl.(In case you never s a w or rode
In am, I'll id1 you Ihat i t i s j u s t a wooden wagon
rnounled D L ~ O U P wl~ccls that are set on the axles,
wllll no sprlW%I f n person did not.11ave back trouble
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them Into the mountains to the brother's farm in a
beautiful valley beside a mountain siream."
What about that partictllar pilgrim visit itself? Sister
Brenisen adds: "Soon the ard wag well fllled wivlltl
teams of all descriptions, &inging the Wenrls from
afar to hear the pilgrim. The nzeering began ar thrcc
o'cloclir with a two-hour talk, aitcr whlch questions
were invited, and there were many. They did stop long
u ~ o u g hf o r a nice evening meal that thc sistcrs hati
provided, aftex which there was another 2wo.huur talk,
fdEowed by more questions." That night thc s t s t r ~ . ~
slept in the house and the brothers in Ilre hay. A rnnm
in the house had been I-esenved for t h e pilgrim, hut
Brother Erenisiscn pr~ferrcdto go t o Ihe barn a l o n ~
rvliJl the l~rothcss. "Blorning camc," says Sixtcr Ercnrsen, "and after a hearty hruakfnst the hrotller saddlrtr
lhree horscs, one a pack liorarb and o~rcfor car11 o f
them. To get to the train Ihxt would lalw him lo his
next appointment thry had lo takr* n trip oil sixly
miles right through the wilds to Ihc llcarcst railroar1
station. Sometimc later Edward received a letter from
lhe sister telling him that after illcy left shr went to
thc Imrn for the pillow and there i t was will1 the jm.
pression his Bead had made in it. Wheil shr! pioltcd I t
up, right under that spot was a big rattlesnake all
coiled u having enjoyed the warmth 01 111s hentl.
The s n v k was quite indignant about being disturbrd
and showed it, Now very often it is bclter lo be jgnornnl
of some facts!"
What ahont discourses of thc Ilgrirn~?What Fcre
they iilw? Concerning one pi1
Brati~crTautjlnn,
Iiay C. Bopp says: "This b r w k r was nn instructor.
He taught by illustrations.
, [ H e had] n scalr! made1
of the tabernacle in the wilderness, w'tiicl~ tte Inld
nut on R table . . Tlre holy, the must: holy, the cuurtyard with the altar of burnt onering and the bnsiu
.cvcre cncIosed with a cloth fence abortl four fncIics
high Jmnging like drapery h u m littIe mctnE bars.
Figurines of priests in authentic robts were set In
their proper places and were moved about as they
pel-formed their functions . Fas Rrothcr Tor~tjianl
rlcscribect each observance and its propiletic meaning
based an the reference book Taberftctclc SThadr~tc.~."
"A pub& lecture was always scheduled," comments
Mary &I. Hinds, "and oftentimes the pilgrims would
give a l a k on the Chart, explaining the 'dispensations"
and "ages' marked on it. At least one brother, M. L.
Herr, had an illusbated Iecturc. Using sl ill-life slides,
he made the little Ruthie of hjs t a l k comc to lIfe by
means af the resurrection. Yes, 1lic.long impressions
were made by these brothers, the connecting link in
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oraanlzation and the Isolated subscribers t o the W&ch


Tozrwr nncl the 'ecclcsins' thnt wcre being organized."
Olllc S t n p l ~ l e n expresses her sentiments, saying:
"Thcsc v l ~ i t swcrr! riccnslons for spiriLua1 upbuilding
n t ~ r [inatrucmt
ton, nnd hrlpclrl us to walhk mare closely
n t unity ~ v lht Jehovah's arganlzation."

EXPANSION AS !CITE QEN'ITLE !FIMES


hTAR THEIR FA-

As the Blhle Stztrlents found themselves in the f i r s t


decndr! of thr! twmt ictlr rmtury, tliry were aware that
tlmr wns running out for the nntions. Long had God's
~ ~ f l 100lce1l
p l ~ In 1914 as tl*r? end of the 2,52@ycar-long
.mt l l O 'l'lmcs. I L~slcr!21: 24, f C i ~ ? gJames Y W S ~ Q Vh'ow
?)
i t w a s a frw_al~orl~yeatrs
away, andLC..Z Russell prcpared Co undcrlnl~ran all-out worldwide carnpalgn as
n trsiimony t o i h r nntions, Uut for such C X ~ C H S ~ VinC
Zernntionnl worlc t h c Bible JIouse in Allegheny was
Inr ton small.
In IDDS, Illerefore, several representatives of the
Wntcl~Tnwer Sodety, Including J,_F-Rutherford (then
I t s lcgal counsrlor), wcrc sent t ~ N c wYorlr c i

Why?
To svrurt! morta sultaMb QuuariGrs, property tha RusseIl
hImst%lfFIRCI Ic)cB(c~I on itn [ ~ a r l l ~1r113,
r ?'11is lhey dld,

-p~irrlrnsfngttir olrl "Ply~noulh 13cthr1," 13-17 Hicks


SIiqert,nroolrlyn, Ncw Yc11,lc. 11 was a mission structure
c*nmplelcrl In 186X f o r Illc nearb Plymouth Congre~ nlnnnl
l
Cl~urch, where i3cnr.y b r d ncecher once
sel-vtrl R S pnsiolo. Thc Soclely's delegation also bought
nrcchrrt.s nlrl four-story l~ruwns~oncparsonage at
I24 Columhln IIcichla, only n few blocks away.
T7crcher's f a r r n ~ rresitlcnce soon became the new
homc or tho SocIcly'a hmtiquartcrs staE of over thIrty
persons, nnd it was callrtl "DeThcl," meaning '?louse
of God.'' 7'11~remodctcrl IIicks Street builcllng became
Itnolvn R a "The FIroolrI
Tahcrnnde,"' It houscd the
S o c l ~yts
t omces n t ~ da.
ilullltoriurn. On January 31,
1!1O!l, 350 prrxons werc prcscnt for the detlicatlon of
tlw Soriety's new hcndqunrt~t's.
A t nethcl was located C. T. Russe1Ps study. Downg t n f r ~was the dining room, with a long table that
zvoulrl nccommodnt e forty-faur persons. -wily
woultI ~ s s c m h l chcrc to sinz n hymn, read the "Vo~v"
A% .iirJn In praprr hefare InTakfast At the h g h n i n g
o f Ihc mrnl :I 111t~lcIcxt \ V ~ Srcnrl from W a t l ? ~IIeaz~e>kiry
I t l n r l ~ ~ rfor
t
.l7rr ~ h ! ( c r l t o T dof Fcrifh, and this was disct1::srtl
during hr~nkiast.
Wnuld you lilte lo hear the vow that - m a daily
imprcss,yd on thrIr ~ninds?Entitled W y S o l m Vow
t o God, it goes Hlcc 1111s:
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name. May thy rule come into my heart more and
more, and thy will be done in my mortal body. Relying on the assistance of thy promised grace to he1
in every time of need, through Jesus Christ our or$

I register this Vow.


"Dail will I remember at the throne O f heavenly
grace tge general interests of the harvest work, and
parlicularIy the share which T myself am privileged
to enjoy in that work, and the dear co+laborers a t the
Brooklyn Bethel, and everywliere.
"I Vow to still more carefully, if possible scrutinize
my thoughts and words and doings, to the intent that
I may be the better enabled t o serve ihec, and thy
dear flock.
"I Vow to thee that I wfll be on the alert to resist
everything akin to Spiritism and Occultism, and that,
remembering that tliere are but the two masters, I
shall resist these snares in all reasonable ways, as
being of the Adversary.
"I further Vow that, with the exceptions bcIow, I
will at all times and at all places, conduct myself
toward those of the opposite sex in private exactly
as I would do with them in public-in the presence
of a tongregalion of the Lord's people, and so far
as reasonably possible I wflI avoloid being in the same
room with any of the opposite sex alone, unless the
door to the room stand wide open:-En
the case of
a brother-wifc, children, mother and sisters excepted.
In the case of a :fster-hnshand, children, father and
brothers excepted,
Rec~itationof this vow was later discontinued among
God's people at Bethel and elsewhere. Yet, the high
principlcs embodied in its words arc still sound.
About three blocks from BetheI was the Brooklyn
Tabernacle, a quaint old red-brick structure consisting
of two floors and a basement. I t housed the Society's
gcncral offices, the composing room, where type was
set for The Watch Tower, a stacIr room and also a
shi ping room. On the second floor was an auditorium
wit{ seating f o r 800. Here Brother Russel1 regularly
spoke.
F o r a time the Society's headquarters staff was
housed largely at 124 Columbia Heights. Later, the
adjoining building at 122 CoIumbia Heights was purchased, enlargin the Bethel home. The year 1911 saw
the completion
a rear addition extending nine floors
down a precipice to.Furrnan Street. It provided much
more space for livmg quarters and other facilities,
including a new dining r o o m To hold title to such
properties, in 19-OQ JebaYahs servants f
e
e
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t o w e _ r + B i b _ l ~ - ~ ~ @ ~ o f N e w ~
porated. It and other corporations formed by Gods
people in various lands all cooperate with one another
and with the governing body of Jehovah" svitnesses.
'ELESSIhrG &l?,HOVAEl AMONG
CCPNGREGATEP) TrnOKCiS9
ReguIar conventions and other public gatherings
of the Bible Students were excellent occasions t o 'bless
Jehovah among congregated throngs,' even as God's
servants had done in times past. (Ps. 26:12) What
was the nature of thcse events? Let us see.
'Even here, in the hfghcst balcony of the worldfamed Auditorium Theater, home of the Chicago Grand
Opera, nut a seat is unoccupied. As I look seven floors
down toward the stage, one-haIf block away, I: wonder
jf it will be necessary to straln my ears to hear. Followin5 the chairman's introduction, Charles Taze Russell rlses to his feet, places his left forefinger to his
right palm and begins to speak in a normal tone of
voice. He has no notes. There is no podium. He moves
frcely about the platform. Every word is clearly discernible, as he dcscribcs the prophetic ending of the
Gentile Times and the ushering m of t h e Millcnnial
Age .'

,This is the recollection of Ray C. Bopp. It is but


an example. The place might just as well have h e n
London's Ro a1 Albert Hall, where C. T. Russell spoke
to great auzences in May 1910. Then, again, it might
have been New York city's noted Hippodrome Theatre,
where Russell addressed a large Jewish audience on
Sunday, October 9, 1910.Regarding that discourse, the
New York Asaericala of October 10, 1930, said, in part:
"The unusual spectacle of 4,000 Hebrews enlhudastically applaudrng a Gentile preacher, after having
listened to a sermon he addressed to them concerning
their own religion, was presented at the Hippodrome
yesterday afternoon, where Pastor Russell, the famous
head of the Brooklyn Tabernacle, conducted a most
unusual service." Scores of rabbis and teachers were
present. "There were no preliminaries," said the newspaper. "Pastor Russell, tall, erect and white-bearded,
wallred across the sta e without introduction, raised
his hand, and his doubye qualette from the Brooklyn
Tabernacle sang the hymn, Zion's Glad Day,"' As
reported, eventually the audience 'warmed up' t o the
spcaker. Next there was applause, finally enthusiastic
response. The discourse over, nussell signaled a ain
and the choir "raised the quaint, foreign-sounsing
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effect? Thfs, according to the press account: 'The urirecrdented incident of Christian voices s i n g l n ~thc
cwish anthem came as a tremendous surprlsr. ].'or ~l
moment the Hebrew auditors could sral.mly hclicvc
r heir ears. Then, maktng swe It wns tl~rironen I~ymn,
they first cheered and clapped with slict~ arclor thnt
thr mlesic was drowned out, and then, with f hr scronrl
vtal'se,joined in by hundrecls. At the I~cigltl. of the
~nthusiasrn ovcr the dramatic surprise he prcpnrcrl,
Pnstor Russcll walIced off thc slal~jc nnd the rncetlnl:
rnded with the end of the hymn.
Times have changed, and so have Chriatlan views
of J3ihllcal prophccics once tbaugllt In np ly to nnt~irnl
.TCUJI in our day. With increnrril light
God, his
pcople have dismrncd that such worrls foretell aood
lllfngs for the spiritual "Isr~c*lof C:o(l," drsun Christ's
nnointetl SoIlowers. (Rom.9: 6-8,30-:13;11:3 7-32; Gnl.
li:16\ Gut H'I? hnvr brrn rcvi~winglhr enrly t w ~ n t l r t l l
cent~try,and this is how things wrrc in 1110st~rlnys.
Since H r o t h ~ r Russell was so \rritle1y known and
spoke to large audienccs on many orcasions, vorl mily
wonder what it was Iike to listen to hlm. "ilow r l l f fel-rnt from the ordinary preacher!" rxclalms C. TJ..
Tvcdt, adding: "No oratory, no emotlonrlllsm, No bep
glng to hit the sawdust trail. There waR something Snr
morc ebcctive and po~vcrfulthan all or th~sc!put in.
I That was the simple, quict, confldrtlt cxpounrlF ny!
p t f I eof
r the Word of God-lctun~ onr! ~rrlptureunloclc
nno211ex one until it became, ns I t WPI-r,FI powcrlul
magnet. In this way Brethrr Xt~isscllhrlrl his nuclicncc
In m p t aitention!' Ralph 11. J4rmc*1' f i i t y s Illat hel'nra
giving a clisrvurse Brolhrr Etussr~llmarli>scvtlrnI ~:i*ilr:p.
j111 barns te the audiencc. IVhen s~~rnlring,
hr ~sirnlly
sloocl on the open platform and would wnllr nholu
using his arms freely ir. esluring. "Jlc ncavcr rzsci
1 1 0 1 ~
but always spofe frrcly from tl~rheart,
nr!cnrdIng to Bmther M e r , wllo continues: "Ills volre
was not loud, hut it had prcullar carryln~ power.
Without ever using sounil amplifying equipment (I 1uq.c
was none in those days), he could tjo h t ~ ~ rnnd
( l unrlcr.
stood by large audienccs, holding l11i:n-t ns i f spellbound
l'oraone, two and sometimes tlvcr hoivs nt n tlmc.'"
Yet, Ihe man was not imporlant. Thc mcssn c was,
and Bible truth was bein cleclarctl t o mufiltudas.
Thcre were many capable Ehrlslians proclalmin i hc
good news in those days, and some persons Eenrd
their words with appreciation. Opponents wcrt! numrrous, o f course, and they somctin~cssought to pro.
mole their unscriptural views in pubIIc dellate with
J chovaTi's servants.
In what later appeared to be an attemqt by the
Pittsburgh ministerial alhance to dlscredtt C . T. Rus-

sell's scholarship and I31blIcal vlt?we, on March 10, 1903,


Dr. E. L.Eaton, ministrr of the North Avenue Methodist
Epismpal Church, chnllcngcd Jtussr?Il to a sh-day
eebale. Durinc path srssinir of Ihis clcbntc, held that
autumn in hllegttcny's Cnrnrfiie I InlP, on thc wt~ole
RusseII came otT ~~IctorIous.
Arnonj: other things, he
Scripturally rnaint:tinctl l h n t the souls of the dead
are u~icons~Ious
whllc Lhrir horllcs nihe in the grave
and that the ohjccl of holh Clu.lstls second corning
and the millennium la thr: hlcsslng o r nll thc families
of the earth. Russell nlaa mntlc :I vcry slrnng Biblical
denial of the hcll flrc dot:trine. Re~)orlcdly,one clergyman approached hlm t~rter1110 1;lsl. scs~lonof the debate and saicl: "I nm glnd 1,o src you lurn the hose
on hell and put out thr: fir@. Xnlr?r~dingly,aftcr this
debate many members of Eaton's rongvegution became
Eible Stuclr?nts.
Another signtflcnnt debntc took p l ~ c oon February
23-25, 1903, at Cincinnati, 01do between C. T. Russell
and L. S. White of the " ~ l s d ~ ! drnomlnatlon.
e"
Thousands attended. RusseIl courageously upheld such Scrip
tural teachings as the unconsclotts state of the dead
between death and rosurrcctlon, nnd nihlirally maintained that Christ% sccontl inminc will [rrcc~dc the
millennium and thnt the ohjcct or !rot11 19 Ihc blcssin~
01 all families 01 the rlarlll. JInxr!llr! nnrl TIr!lcn Rrull
werc prcscnt and tell us: "nenuly nntl harmon o f
truth and Rne Scrlplurnl nrgrlmcnta on cash su&ect
o f debate stooil out In Etnrk c~unliq:isl:
to the confusing
teachings of men, At ant! polnl 'l<FiIer Wliitc,' spokesman and debater for the a posing vlcws, i n desperation
said that he
rernli~d~i?ofa s l ~ nover a hlarl~smith
shop reading 'All lclnds o f twisling nnrt turning done
hcrc' But, t o the honest Irulh srulcer, it was a demonstration of 'iinncllinfi the word o T the truth aright'
Lon thc part of RussclI; 2 Tfm. 2:253, with resultant
harmony." T h c Krull sistrrs recall that Jelrovah
blessed Brother Rusxdl w l t t ~ Hi3 sptrIt to prcscnt
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3. F. Rutherford accepted a Ba tlst debate ch~Ilene
in behalf of thc Wntcl~Tower hclet?, y l n s t J. $1
Troy. It took place in A ril 1915 nt t IP rinfty ~ u d i :
torium In Los Angelas, &llhr.nln, hefore nn audience
of 12,000 (with nn cslimnlrd :IO,OOO h c l n ~lurnccl away
for lack of space) during tho lhur nlglils of the debate.
Rutherford WRS VIC~OI'IOUS In couray:cuusly defending
Bible trutl~.
In tlle twelve years iollowlng the Eaton-Russell
debate, other debating challenges were accepted by
Go$$ servants, though ltle opponents, perhaps out
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Russell himself did not favor debates, for he was

nwnrc of their disadvantages for Chrlstlnns. h The


I4'nicA Tower of May 1, 1915, he painled out, among
other things, that 'those who are of lIlc truth are bound
1) the Golden Rule and t h d r pres~ntallon must be
n%nc absolutely fair fines, whereas the17 q p o n e n t s
~cwmto Raw, no restrictions ur rest ralnl s,
ny kind
nf nrgumcnt, wrote Russell, "re~nrdlcss of the canIc?xt, re~nrclless o f the Golden Itulc, regardless of
everything, is considered perrnlssihle." H e nlso stated:
"So far ns the Editor is concernctl, he IXks no desire
for further debates. He docs not fnvar dcbnting, beHevlnp t h a t i t rarely actomplishcs
and often
nrour Gs nnper, malice, bittcrncss, et c., F?%th
spcnbcrs
nnd Iiearr%rs.Ralher he sets hrfolnc those who desire
to hmr it, orall and in print, f lie mrssaEc of the
T.ord's Wurd a n 8 lcaves i t ) opponents such presenia1Ions of ~ I I C error as they firL(: flt tn malrc and find
upportunity to exploit.-I-Ir?hr.cws 4: 12."

Bible discourses themselves ~ b o r d c d better opf;~rtunitles to present Scriptural truths, and C. T.


ussell often spolre to large aadtmces. Durlng the
ycnrx of 1905 to 1907, for instance, he louretl the
Unitcd Stalcs and Canada by special Imin or car and
mnducted a series of one-day ronventlona. IIis public
1cd.ure then was 'To Hell and Dadc," Bsllvercd before
pnrlred houses in nearly eve1.y lnrge city in both counrIcsl, this discourse featurcrl a humorous, imaginary
irlp tn hrll and back. Louise Cash;; rccnlls that Russell
ngrt?cd to give this lecture in Lytlr-hbrlrg,Virginia, and
s11csays: "My father had big posltm made ntlvertlsing
this Iccturt! and got permission to placc thrtn on tile
front of the streetcars. This was quitr nmuslng and
prople askec!, If lhis car taltss us to hell, will it bring
u s Zlack?"
BibIt? lectures also mere featurcd durlng C. T , Rus~ ~ 1 1 tri
' s s abroad. In 1903 he had rnacle a gecond 'ourncy Lo &rope, speaking to nudicnces in various cities
Then, from December 1911 to Mnrclt 19l!, uss sell',
ns chalrman of a seven-mnn cornmittre, made x
rountl-the+world tour, traveling lo I-Ialvnli, Japan,
China, through southern Asia into Afrtcn, rln to Europe
nntl back to New York. A study of Chclstendom's
foreign inissjons mas undertaken and many lectures
!\v1rr!~it'en,thus spreading seeds of truth Ihat, in time,
brought into fruitful activity groups o f anointed
Ch~lsllans in far-flung areas of the enrlh. Besides
this worldwide tour, however, C. T. Itussell, journeyed
to Europe reguZarly and traveled extensively throughout
North America on "convention tour" special trains,
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As time passed, requests for prrsonnl appearances
by C. T. Russell increased. In f u l n l l l n ~some speaking
enffaffcmrnts, Ilc sometimes had Iruvcl~rl alroard a
spccinl rnllroad "cone-ention car," n srnnll group acmmpnnylnr?. him, But larger p n r t l ~wrre
~
rygnnized
In "cr~~~vcrlliol~
trains," as many ns 240 trnvclina with
t t u ~ s c l l on one occasion. Several rnllronrl cnr's werc
Ilnltccl together and the party travelctl from nne crty
tc~ n11ot2w~according t o a prearran~edsrhrdule. Arriving i r l a particular city, Rrtssclls ssslstnnts nttv r r l iscd rhc pzrblic meeting bv dist rihutlrr h~tttlhtlls.
At 1 llc lnectlng tiley greeted indivi(lunls, (%tniaerl Ole
n a m r s and addresses of jntercstcd ones and, when
f o w i hlc, would visit these anrl ~stn1)lldicongnai:nlions.
t wns nu1 uncommon for thew "ronventlon trains"
to he used In visitiilg largc dt1t.s in thc Unitcd Stales
ailrl Cannda.

W h y not board a "'conventbn trnLn" and rlcte wlth


n happy company of CrhzSstians? In dune 1913 o special
lrnitr was engaged for over 200 Blhle Students wlt6
would nccornpany C. T. Russell from Chlcnco, Illinqis,
on a trip that would take thrm tn Trxas, Cnlifnrnla,
Cnnndn and ihen ta a convcntic~nIn Madisrm, Wlsconsir~,
wlth R side.run to Rockford, Illlnols. Mnllntln %. K e ~ I c r
supplies tlzcse details: "Our train wus I u Iciivr! from
Ihr! Dcnrhorn station over the Wnhnf?I~Rnllrotlrl al:
noon, Junc 2. Tlre Irlends began to nrrlvc ahout ten
o'clock, rind it was a happy and excitin~tirnc, mcet!ug
oltl Irientls I had net seen for a long tirne nnd cettlng
nc ullntcrl with ~rew ones, Xt didn't tnkc lorlg t o
I . c ~ L ~{ve
! wcre one big farnify. . nnrl the trnrn
WAS
tmme for a month,
Finally, It is tjmc to l e a v ~ ."As the trnl?, pull* out
of tIic station on its -8,000-mile journey, continues
Sirrlrr Kcefcr, "the frlcnds who Elnd come to say
g~ocl-lyr!snng 'Blest Be the Tie Tlmt Bindfir nnd 'Bud
lc wit 1 Yon Till We Meet Aeain,' all tlw wlllle wavlng
I~nts nncl handkerchiefs untll we werc lost to thclr
viuw, nrlcl were on our way for n most memorable
trlp. Wc p1clted up some friends in St. LauIs, Missouri,
nnrl Rome in a few othcr places tmtll wc f l n ~ l l y?urn-

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P~crctl two hundred and forty. Brother R~rssell o!netl


us nt IIot Sprjngs, +rk;nsas,
urhcre Fin clg 1 t . d ~ ~

convcntlon mas in sesslon.


It truly was a spiritually upbuildina journey, Says
Sister Ilcefcr: "At every stop on tltc t r h thcro were
convtlnllons being held-most were f o r thrce clays,
and wc stayed one day with each conventinn, Durhg
thcse stops Brother Russell gave two talks, one to
thc frknds in the afternoon, and anoCI1cr to the public

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in the evening on the subject 'Beyond the Grave.'" As


to her own feelings about the trip, Sister Keefcr says:
"My ap reciation for the fellowship of the friends all
along &e way and the spiritually upbuilding talks
and instructions I had received during that trip cannot
be expressed in words. I was grateful to Jehovah far
having had such a privilege."
At those early cmveniions of God's peopIe some
things were a little different from what they are
today. For example, take the ''love feast," What was
that? Recalling this feature of the early assemblies,
J. W. Ashelman states: "Some practices not needed
or continued did seem a blessin at the time,such as
the speakers lining up in front
the platform holding
plates of diced bread as the audience flled along the
line partaking of the bread and shaking hands with
each speaker and jdning in singing 'Blest Be the
Tie That Binds Our Hearts in Christian Lave!" That
was it-the "love feast.'' And it was a moving experience. Edith R. Brenisen readily admits: "The Iove
for each other Alled our hearts to overflowing, often
running down our cheeks in tears of joy. We were
not ashamed of our tears nor did we try to hide them."
Early Christians sometimes held "love feasts," but
the Bible does not describe them. (?ude 12) Some
think they were occasions when materrally pros erous
Christians heid banquets to which they invited' their
poorer fellow worsh~pcrs. But t h e Scriptures do not
make "love feasts"' ohl~gatory,whatcvcr their early
nature, and so they arc not In vogue among true
CI~rlstianstoday.

you are Impressed. The man? E e b Charles Taze


Russell. This production? It is the "Photo-Drama of
Creation,"
C. T. Rumell recognized that motion pictures were
a fine rnedlum for reaching masses of people. In 1912,
therefore, he began preparing the Photo-Drama of
Creation. It turned out to be an eight-hour-long photographic slide and moving picture production, complete
with color and sound. Designed to be shown in four
parts, the Photo-Drama carried viewers from creation
through human history to the climax of God's
for earth and mankind af:the end o f Jesus hrist's
thousand-year ~ e i g nPictorla],
.
slides and rnolxon pictures
were synchronized with phonograph records of talks
and music. There had been various expermenis with
color ant1 sound movies, but years would pass before
they would he commercially successful. Not until 1922
did an all-color, feature-length motion picture make
an appearance. And film audiences in general *had to
waft until 1927 to hear both dialogue and musrc cornbined in a commercial movie. Yet, the Photo-Drama of
Creation was not without the color, the spoken word
and the music. It was gears ahead of its time, and.
millions saw it free of charge!
A fortune for those days-some $300,00@-was spent
by the Society in producing the Photo-Drama. And
of the work involved, Russell wrote: "God kindly
veiled our eyes as respects the amount of labor con. we foreknown i h e cost
nected with the D ~ AHad
of time and money and patience necessary for the
start we would never have begun it. But ndther did
we know in advance the great success that would
~ O ~ C recordings
~
and
attend the D R A M A . ' ~ musical
ninety-six phonograph-record talks were prepared.
Stereopticon slides were made of fine art: pictures 11.
lustratlng world history, and it was necessary to make
hundreds of new paintings and sketches. All the color
slides and films had to be hand painted, some o f this
work being accomplished in the Society's own Art
Room. And, think of it! T h i s had to be done repeatedly fox there were a t least twenty four-part sets
making it possible to show a portion of the
Drama in eighty different cities on a given day.
What took place behind the scenes during exhibitions
of the Photo-Drama of Creation? 'Thc Drama started
with a movie of Brother Russell," says Alice I-Toffman.
"As he would appear on the screen and his lips began
to move, a phonograph would be staced at the precise
moment and we would enjoy hstenmg to his voice."
The unfalding of a flower and the hatching of a
chick were among the memorable features of the

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The Bible Studepts were keenly aware of Jesus

Christ's prophecy: This gospel of the kingdom shall


be preached in a11 the world for a w!;ness
unto all
natlons; and then shalI the end come. (Matt. 24:14,
King James Y a s i o n ) So, as that signficant year 1914
dxcw closer, God's people undertook an all-out campaign of worldwide proportions-a hitherto unparalleled educational and warning work. They employed
a bold, new method of declaring the good news.
Say it now is the year 1914. Imagine that you are
seated among hundreds 01 persons in a darkened
auditorium. Before you i s a large motion-picture screen.
To your surprise, a white-haired man in a frock coat
appears, and, without a note in hand, he begins to speak.
Oh, you have been to the movies before. But this one
I s different. The man speaks and you hear Ms words.
This is no common silent movie. It rs something speual,
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Photo-Drama movies. These examples of time-lapse
photo raphy truly impressed viewers, "At the same
time &at these pictures were being shown," comments
Karl F. Rlein, "there was an accompaninlent of v e y
fine music, such gems as Narcissus and Rumoreske.
There were also many other things to remember.
"Right now," says Martha Merediil~,"I see Noah and
his family walkrng into the ark with the animals, and
the piclure of Abraham and Isaac walking to Mount
Monah where Abraham was going t o offer his son as
a sacrifice. I n e n I saw Abraham put his son on the
altar-this
son lle dearly loved-1
shed tears. No
wonder Jehovah called Abmham his frlend , . . II@ lmew
that Abraham would obey his voice at all times."
--Jas. 2:23.
Besides the regular Photo-Drama of Creation, there
were "Eurelra Drama" outfits. Onc was made up of
the ninety-six rcmrded lectures, as well as musical

recordings. The other consisted of both the records


and thc slides. Though t h e latter Eurelia Drama
lacked motion iclures, It was very successful when
shown in less &nscly populated areas.
During 1914 the Photo-Drama of Creation was shown
free throughout the United Stales. This was very
expensive, both f o r the Society and for the IocaI Bible
Students, who contributed money to rent suitable places
for I t s exhibition. And so, in the course of time, it
no longer wns shown to large audiences. Bat the
Photo:Dr-ma of Creation had clone a great work in
acguaintlng persons Wtlz God's Word and purposes.
To illustrate: In a letter to C. T. Russell, one person
wrote: "My wife and 'I: t m l tlinnlr our heavenly
Father for the great and priceyesless blessing which has
come to us through your insirurnentality. It was your
beautifuI Photo-Drama which was the cause of our
seeing and accepting the truth as our own." And Lily
R. Parnell tells us: "These pictorial demonstrations
of Jehovah's purposes for mankind aroused the interest
of many thinking people so that the congregation
Cat Greenfield, &Ia?sachuaettsl grew larger, since they
made the Bible a living book and proved to thoughtful
ones what precious information our God had provided for saIvation t o Zhose who would avail themselves of his provision,"
Not without reason, therefore, has it been said by
Demetrius Papageorge, long a member of the Society's
headquarters staff: "The Photo-Drama was a masterpiece of a project, when we consider the s m d I number
of BibIe Students and the proportionately small
amount of flnances available. It really was dellov?ah"s
spirit behind it!"

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COWORTEUIRB 'LAGLOWIVITIP TIlE SFXatIT"

For many years prior to 1914 zei$cus colporteursChristian men and women "aglow w t h the spirit3'-had
been spreading the good news f a r and w~de. (Rorn.
12:11) The colpcrteur service began in 18811 when
Zio.n9s Wa;:R Tower carried the article "W2nte.d 1,000

Preachers. To persons w~thout dependent iarnilies


and who could ive one half or more o f their time to
the Lord's w o z a. plan was suggested. It was that
they go into large and smalI cities as colporteurs or
evangelists. For what purpose? Said the Watch Tower:
''Seek to find in every place the earnest Christians . .
to these seelr t o make lrnown the riches of Our Father's
grace, and the beauties of His word!' Bible publications
were to be pIaced in the hands of such persons, and
colporteurs were permitted to pay their own expenses
with money received from literature placements and
Watch T o w a subscriptions that they obtained.
For the colporteurs Ziolz's Watch Tower of May 1887
had some fine suggestions on what to say at the doors.
It also said: 'Take a big hea?-t full of love for God and
for those you would lead into the light, full of faith In
God and trust in his promises, and full of hope that
Gad will be pleas:? to use you to his glory now as
well as hereafter.
Willing to work Izard in Jehovah's service, the
coIporteurs made their mark. Wherever they wentinto cities, towns, villages-they were noticed. A writer
in The Gospel Messertger of the lale 1890's was moved
t o say: "In the city of Birmingham [Alabama] there
?re several persoils now working who call themselves
Non-Sectarian Christians.'
. The have worked
this city from house to Louse, selliing MILLENKIAL
DAWN cmd circulating other blriefl literature. They
talk their religion every chance, and preach on Sunday.
They call themselves 'Colporteurs.' They have put over
two thousand copies of their books in this dty. . . .
Now, why cannot we disseminate our li?;erature and
the Bible doctrine, as we understand it, in this way?
The fact is, I fear we have stagnated on methods,
and God is graduady hinting-lo u s that, i f we do no;
get to moving forward, he wdl give us a back seat
"Yes,we had colpogeurs cover the towns and mrrals
i n those early days, writes Henry Farnlck. EXe remembers them welI: "Sometimes they would trade
for farm produce, chickens, soap and what-not, which
the would use or sell to others. At times, in a sparsely
sctfied area, they stayed with farmers and ranchers
overnight, and at times even slept in haystacks . .
These faithful ones 'frept on for years and years unt3
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Through the years Jehovah made ample rovision


for faithful col orteurs. So, they reall lackeanothing
essential. (Ps.83:1) "We lived frugal& on the contributions received from the placement o f llrerature,l
says Clarence S. Huzzey. "Ths took faith in Jehovah's
loving provisions and I: can honestly say that we never
went hungry and we had the necessary shelter and
clothing durin the many years 173 the full-time rnxm
istry. (Ps.3 7 : k ) How wonderfully Jehovah provided
what was needed!"
Lfvlng costs were not very high years ago, but
that did not mean that coIporteurs could afford to he
extravagant. Take the gear 1910 as an example. M?
lindn 2. Keefer recalls a colporteur assignment in
Council Bluns, Iowa, and she wr~tcs: "Council Bluffs
was harder territory, but by going with a positive
attitude one could get along. T h e cost of living was so
much cheaper in those days. Our mod@of transportation
(walking) dicln't cost much and neither did t h e food:
bread was 5c a loaf, sugar 5c a pound, steak 25c a
pound-and this mas a real treat, if we could g e t
any. Room rentals were reasonable and trolley car
fares were 5c. What a different world compared with
the nineteen seventies !"
Late in 1921, George E. H a n n v entered colporteur
service. Concerning the cost of hvlng, he mce wrote:
"My food b111 came ta $4 per week. I had one warm
meal a day, the other two consisting of dried fruits
and some vegetables that I: received In trade for literature. When asked what I: would do when I ran out
of funds, I would say: 'Just wait and see what Jehovah
works out for me.' I had heard of some who had qult
when they got down to l.heir last $50. My thought was
that Jehovah's intervention was not needed in this
regard as Iong as one had $50 or even $10 or $1. I
had canfidence he would aid me @ meet the high cost
of living, not the cost of high livlng."
What about transportation? Well, Charles H. Capen
recalls work~ng several Fennsylvania counties "by
'shanks' mare' (on foot). Other colporteurs found
the bic dle to be a real help. "In the years from 1911
to 191l col orteurs were working counties in our
seckion of ghio," comments LaRue Witchey, continuing: "They labored hard in the service, pedaling
bicycles many miles, loaded with 'Scripture Studies."'
Of course, a colporteur's first ride on a bicycle coulcl
IN quite an experience.
Maybe a horse would be better. Mallnda 2. Keefer
fondly recalls old Dobbin. "Dobbin was*a gentle horse
and never had to be bed. He would wait for me when
I went to the Coors and then walk along with me to
the next place.

But, then, not all hprses were like old Dobbin, as


colporteur Anna E. Zlmrnerman and Esther Snyder
learned. Imagine two women in a rcnted buggy pulled
by a horse just shipped in from the west. Sister
Zimmerman tells us that the horse "would let nothing
pass him by, not even the train, which f o r several
miles before reaching the livery stable ran parallel
with the road. I caIled over to the engineer, 'Please
hold your train at the station until we get our horse
to the livery stable.' He replied: 'O.R. Take your time.'
The horse continued putting up and down all four as
fast as ever. We reached the stable 0.K. with the
stable owner a ologizing that he was at lunch ween
wa hired the {orse and that the stable boy, berng
afraid of the horse, which it was his job to break in,
gave me that job."
Then there was the automobile, used by some colporteurs in later years. Today, of course, well-paved
roads are common in most areas of the United States,
But not so decades ago. So, auto travel~lcould present
problems too. Once, f o r instance, "one covered hole
was so vast and the filled-in ground so soft, the car
suddenly sank into the I~oleto the axle," write Razelle
and Helen KruII. "Our often-used shovel wasn't enough
for this predicament," they recall. "A kind neighbor
ofi'ered the use o f his mule, but, in addition, we scoured
the roadside for Iogs, beams or branches to pry up
the deeply sunken rear cnd. So wlth mule power at
the fore, engine power in the middle, and vigorous
push power from the rear, after man unsuccessful
attempts it was a happy moment for alrm7h.henthe ear
was finally up and out of the Bole. But the day had its
joys, Before this happened we had made some interesting calls, some away m off the road to. which we
walked; so the hardship was balanced y t h joy. As
with David, our hearts so often pleaded: Do hear, 0
God, my entreating my. Do pay attention to my
prayer.'--Ps. 61:I."
Much more significant than any problems they
encountered were the preaching activities of the colporteurs. Suppose we accom an them now as they
call at the homes of the peo ye. &lllam P.Mockrid e
joined Vlnrent C. Rice in cogorteur work during 1956
at Schenectady, New York. He helps us to step back
to those days by saying: "The first day I worlced all
day without making a single placement and yet 1
was supposed to be a supersalesman. tThat night 1
prayed to Jehovah to help me get asbestos' and
material things out of my mind and Iearn to follow the
humble and kind approach of Brother Rice, who always
had a cheerful worcl for whoever came to the door.
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B 'frospectus' furnkhed bv the Soeleiy.


We would
'tn e orders' for the first 'three voturnes [of 8fiad+esIn
f l ~ cScriptlkres] f o r 98c or thc six volumes f o r S 1 . s .
Theae orders would he deIlvyed on "nydrlyjv usually
I h e 1st or 15th of the month.

Did you notfce that Brother MacltriAac mentioned


uslng a "prospectus"? For yrara it wns used by colurs ancl other BihXc Students engaging in the
ouse.ta.house preaching work. This wns nn array of
c ~ v c r sfar six voIumes of Millmnirdl D n ~ mIStrtdies bt
tho Scriptarres), bound togel h ~ in
r accortILon fasb-Ion.
At the door the colporler~r~ t ~ t ~ l lthis
e d out along
his nrm nnd gave a talk on thc s ~ l hj r c i of rat11 volume.
Ile took ordcrs and dclivcrctf Illc literature at a
Jnler timc.
"Delivery days were hnrrl," admits P o a ~ Wright,
l
"as
a smllcnse full of books was hcnvy to carry around."
It rrrlal111ywas, Suppose n col~~orteur
took orders for
flfty volumes of St~lrEirx4u thri Nmaiptrrrt?s.That number
welgherl forty pounds, a heavy load for wompn and
cLvrn for a good many men. In tlmc, howcver, colporteur ,Tames H. Cole invented n two-wheeled, nickelp l ~ l ~atinchmeilt
d
I h a t could be amxed to n suitcase.
It *'was an eyecatcher," accortllng to Anna E, Zimmc~'mon, wlzo teIls us: "1 recall one occasion when
colportc~wlngin the town of Ilollldnyskurg, Pennsyl.
vnnin, that I had to wheel my suitcnse r!~llCthrough
1 R r business section d u r h ~ gthe dlnncr hour. Thls 1
rl~~cnrlccl,
hut went right along rolling my suitcase by
my sl(lc, when suddenly 8 well-tlrcsscil gentleman
o l l t r l y stepped up to me from t h r rear ?nil, taking
Eola or ~ I I Chandle of my saitrarc. nslccd. would you
mlnd if I would roll t h s along lor n littlc while? I
would like to see h o w it gors. You sccm to go along
wJth it wlth suc11 ease.WcI1, hr? rolled it the cntlrc
way Mrough ihc business brctfon ant1 I did not h?ve
iu rle it nt all. I learned he WUE tho ncwspa er editor
up llle town." The next day thcre rvns n detnifcd report
in the local paper.
With unselfish motives, the faithful coIporteurs labor~rldiligently, depending upon J~hovah.And their
elYorEs were rewarded. At times congreqntions developed
as n rcsult of colporteur activity. ?here wcre deep
~allsfaclions and rich spiritual rcwards. With joy
I4:dythe ICcssler and her sister Clara enlerrd colporteur
scrvlcr! back in 1007. Thcg wnllcrd n 101, and thcre
wcre many volumes to carry on 'Uelivcry day." YES,
thr! got tired, but Edylhc wecms t o R eak for the
~uliKiulold-time colporteur^ in ecnernl arten shc says:
"Wc were young and happy In the service, delighted
t o rxpend our strength In serving Jalt."'

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WO WEAPON FOBNIED A O m S T YOU


WIbL SUCGEED'

Dudn n31 thc years that faithful colporteurs find


other F!bel
Students zealolrsly pmclnl med the good
ncws, Sr~tanthe Devil never rclnxcd hls hnnd and
hn1tc.d ciTorts to crush and deslrt~y tthcm. I l r would
hnve ac~bompllshedthis, too, were it not for ilic divine
prh!jl~cilonthey enjnyed. (IPet. 5:8, 9; Heh. 2:14) They
rcn llzrd tho t r u t t ~ulncss
f
of God's promise to his p ~ c ~ p l c
of nnripnt times: "Any .weapon whnlevcr thnt will he
irmncd :l~ninst you will hnve no success, and any
tnngur nt all that will risr u ngoinsl you in the
jllrl~rnenryou will condemn.*'-Ea, 54: 17.
Ycsus Christ was persecuted, and hIx follow~rscan
expccl the same treatment from
nr:lirrrs of false
rclicion and (he world in gencml, F o h n 15:20) Some"
t i m ~ s ,howcvcr, Satan's attack has hcen an internal
anc, orl~inatlngwith unscrupulouu ilntfivldunls wilhin
the Christlnn organization, stemming Irom Irtcidcnts
involving persons really "not of our sort."-l
John 2:19.
It wll! lw recalled that in the 1WWs C. T. Russell
dlsnssnrlatrd himself from N. H. Bnrbour, pl~hllsl~er
of T l f r Tlr.rdtl of f l t e .Morning. This hc dld I~rt.nuse
Rarbour denied tlie Scriptural cloclrlne 01: the mm<ixn,
which Russrll siaunchly upheld. 'J'licn in thc ciumly
1890's cerlnln prominent persons in I ha or nnization
~~n:ierlIpdmnly
tricd to seize eontrnl of l%c Watch
Towcr S o r l d y . The conspirators lnnncd to cx lode
verilnhlc 'oliornbsh'designed t o enfi k u n e l l j r popukrlty
nnd bring ahout his finish as the Society's prcsi!l~nt.
After brrwlnf: for nearly two years, the conspiracy
rruptecl En 1 8 4 . Mainly, the ~rir\.nncrsant[ false
(*har g r s c~?ntrredaround a l l e ~ e ddlshnnrsl y In huainess
on thc part of C. T. Russell. Indeed, some of thc chargcs
1vn.r very pctty and betrayed t l ~ r arcus~rs' I)asic
intc~~tlun-thr cleIamation of C. T. I E u s ~ ~ lJrnpni.(ial
l.
rellow hrliavcrs investigated matters nntl Iound Russell
l o be It1 the right. Hence, the conspithators' plan lo
"blow Mr. ,Russell and hls work sk .l~lfih" was a
tom ~letcfalhre. LU-e the apostle no[ I3rolhcr Russ ~ l hBdexpsricxed
l
trouble owing to "Inlsr brothers."
Inrl tEils irlnl was recognized as a drsjclt of Snlnn,
nnd I l ~ ccr~nspiralorshenceforth wcre virwrrd as unfit
4 o cnjr~yChristian fellowship.-2 Cor. 11:26.
Thls, of course, was not the end of C. T, Russell's
trials and ditllculties. E-Ie was yct to be touched In a
vclhy pcrsonnl way, by drc~~mstanceanrlsing In his
u r n hortsehold. During the trouble in 1R94, Mrs. C. T.
Rz~sscll Ithe former Maria Frances Ackley, whom
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New Yarlt to Chicago, meeting wjth Bihla Students


along the way a n d speaking in her husbnn.tlla brhalf.
Being an educated. nitelligcnt waman, she wns well
received when visiting t h e congrcgotiona fir that tlmc.
MIX. Russell was a director of the Watch Tower
Society and served as its secret~rynnd trcnsurcr lor
some years. She also was a rcgulnr cunttibutor to the
colutnns of Zion's Watch T n w w and for n time Wrt8 an
nssocinte editor of the journal. EvcntunDy, she sought
n slronger voice in what shoulrl bc publlshcd in thr
W~l.tckTower. Such ambition Wns comp:~rnhlt!to t11:tt
of Moses' sister Miriam, who rosc 111, ng:~inst her
brother as leader o f Israel under Garl nn(i trkd i n
mnkc hrrself prominent-n cuzirse 111at met will^
divine disa pi-oval.-Num. 12:1-15.
What hnx eonlributed t o this nttltude on M y . RUS.
sell's pnrt? "I was not awarr! o f ~t a2 the Ilme, wrote
C. T. Russell in 1906, "but lcnrncd su1,scqurntl that
Ihe conspirators cndeavo~rdt o sow smtls of cgarord
In my wife's heart b y flattery, '~r~ornan'sright$' nrEurncnts, etc. However, when the ~Irorkcame Iin lfl943,
In t h e Lord's providence I was sp:trcd the 11unalHation
o f seeing m y wife amongst t h o s ~conspirntorfi. , . . AR
mattcrs began to settlt? down, thc 'womnlles rights'
ideas and persona1 ambition began agnln to come l o
the lop, and I perceived lhat Mrer. It~wecll'e nctive
cnmpnign in m defense, and the vory cortllnl reception
given her by
dear friends at ihnt t l m ~lhrou~houf
n journuy . . had done hrr Injury I)!, incrensinf: hrr
sc1r.npprrclation. . . . Grndunlly sjic scrmetl l o ~.eac.h
I hr rol~clusion that nothing wna just propcs for the
TYn~crr TOWEBcoEumns e?ccPlbt wlinl slle had writtm, and I was continually hnrnssrtt with s u ~ p s t l n n s
of alteratio~rsof my writings. I ulns 11:rfnrd to nolc
tl~is grorving disposition so foreign 2 0 t l t r humble
mtnd which characterized her for thc first tllictrrn
h a p y years."
M?%Russell became very uncwperstlve, and atmlned
relations continued. But early in 1897 he becnmc ill
nncI tier husband ave her much attention. Thig he
gnvo chocrfully an% he felt that his lrlncl carp would
l o ~ r r hher heart and restore it to Its former lovinp:
nntl tender condition. When she secov~rt!rl, howcvt:r,
Mrs. Russell called a conimitlce and mct witlr h r r
husbancl "specially with the object of hnvlng i l ~ e
brcthren instruct me that she had an egurbl richt
wllh myself in the WATCLT
TOJVER
C O ~ U I ~ and
~ R ,tl1:rt
1 was doing her wrong In not accot'din~ I~er the
Ilbcrtjes sllc desired," wrote C. T.Russrll. h mnttcrs
turned out, though, she was told hy lt~ecumrnlttcr
thnt neither they nor other persons I~adthe right t o
Intrrfer(3 with her httsband's rnanagemcnt of the Il'rrtclc

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Tower. Mrs. Russell aald, in aubatanm, that though
unable to agree with Zht! committee, she wotlld t
to look at mattcrs Prom t h ~ l r standpoint. Russ%
further reported: "1 then askrrl her in their prcsence
if she w o d d shake hands. Slw h;~sitakd, but Anally
gave me hcr Ilanc[. I thrn f;nltl, Now, will you kiss
me, dear, as a token of the drgree at chnnge of mind
which you have indfcatrrl ?' Anl:ain F he hrs~tated, but
finaIly did kiss mc nnrl othorwl~r!~nanlfcstrtla ~+me-rval

of affection in the prcseticc of her Commit teenf'


So the Itussellx 'lrjsserl nnd ltlfirle up,' LaLcr, at Mrs.
Russell's request, hcr huabnncl nrlaangcld for n wcelcly
meeting of "The Sister! oC Ihc! A l l o ~ h c n y Church,"
154th her as its learlrr. rhls led to lurthn. Zrouhlethe ckculatlng of slnntlernus 1rnn1nl.1~~nhout C. T,
Russell. However, this dllllual ty also \ V 8 S settled.
Eventually, Ihougl~, RlqnwEng rescnlmenl led Mrs.
RusseIl 10 sever Ilcr r c l ~ t i o l ~ s hwlih
l ~ r the 1Z'aCcll Tower
Society and with hpr husbnnd. \171tlioul notice, she
separated from him in 189'7, after ncarIy ebghleen years
of marriage- For almost sPvrn ycrira she lived se a
rately, C. T. Russell provl(iin a sppfirate home
her and also rnahlnl: linnnri:l[. provlslon lor hcr slipport. In June 1903 Mrs. 1lu.r:;rlll fllrtl En thr Court qP
Common Flcas :11 lYlts't~ur[:l~,3'rritisyEvr1nln, n sult
for legal sepnratlirn. Dur'lnl: A dl 1906 thc case cnme
up for trial bctorc ~iislicc~ o l R r ri ~ l i i in jury. ~ c s r l y
two years latcr, on Milrec:h 4, :1!)1)8, n ili:crcc WnB issued
that was styled 'qn X)ivorcc." T h e lnnguajic of the
decree 2s: "Kt is now ordered, adjudged and decreed
that Maria F. R u s s ~ l l ,the Llbrllnnl; R I I ~Cllarlrs T,
Russell, the Respondmt, be scpamtcd from bed and
hoard." ''S~yaratctlItx)rn brtl anrl hunl4~l"
Is i l ~ r language
!
of both the decree nnd the ~Iovlcrt mtrirs rnntlc by
the derk of tIlc ct)urt, Thls wns n Ieai~lizrtlseparation
and there nrver W R S an absolutr! dlvorctr, as some
erroneously have hcEd. Rotc7:irvda 1,nlu Dirtionrwjj
(Banlrs-Baldwin Law Publishlnr: Company, 19 LO) defines the action as "A part i:tl or cllinl lli(38 rllvorce,
by which the partles arc? scr~nrntetl : I I I C ~ iorhlddcn
to IIve or cohab t lagether wl(hout abectlng the marriage itself. 1. ~ 1 Corn,
.
446," (Page 314) On nge 312
it says thnt it "may morr properly bc tcrrnedl a legal
separation."
C. T: Russell himself fully understood that the
court dld not grant an absolute divorce, but that this
was a legalized scparatlon, At Dublln, during a 1912
tour of Ireland, he tvns osltrd: "Js it Irzcs flint: you
are divorced from your wlfp'l" Of 111s answer, Russcll
wrote: "'I am not divorced from my wlfc. The clerree
of the court was ROC divorm, hut xt?pwnlion, granted
by a sympathetic jury, tvhich cledarcd that wc would

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both be happier separated. My wlfe'fi charge tvns


cruelty, but the only cruelly put in evidence was my
refusal on one occasion to give her a kiss when shr!
had re uested it.' I assured my audience that E disputed
charge of cruelty and hcILcved that no
itroman was ever better treated hy a hushond. The!
applause showed that the audienm believcd my stntcmcnts."
What took lace at C. T. Russell's f t I n @ ~at
l PEttsburgh in 1 9 d also is significant along these Efncs.
Anna IC. Gardner, whose recollections are slmilar to
those of others resent, tells us tltis: "An incident
o~cr~rredjust berore the services at Carnegie Ilall
that refuted lies told in the paper about Brothrs
Russell. Thr? hall was filled long l~cforet h e time f i r
thc services to I~eginand i t was w r y uiet, and t h r n
a veiled figwe was secn t o walk u p t4c aisle to i h c
casket and to lay something on it. Up front one could
see what it was-a
bunch of llli(~sof the volley,
Grother Russell's :avorite flowcr. Tllcre was ,n ribbon
a l t a c h ~ d , saying, To My Beloved ZIushand. It was
Mrs. Russell. They had never been divorced and this
w a s a public acknowledgment."
One can but imagine the heartache and emotionnl
strain C. T. Russell's domestic trials brought upun
Ilim. In an undated handwritten letter t o Mrs. Russ~ll
at one point in their marital dif!iculiles, ho wrotc:
"By the time this reaches you it will hc lust one w e ~ l c
since you deserted the one whom before Gad lincl
man you promised to love and ohey rind serve f n r
bctter or for worse, until death dn you part.' dufus~l~
I t is true that 'experience is a wondcrful teachrr.'
Only it could have persuaded me thus of you of whom
I can truly say that at one time there could not have
been a more loving and devoted helgmatc, Elad you
been other than that I am confident that tIlc Lord
would not have ven you to me. IIe dacth all things
well. I stin t h d him for his rox ldencc toward mt?.
in that respect, and look bacE with sensations nf
pleasure to the time when you kisscd me at least
thirty times a day, and regeatcclly told me t h a t ou
did not see how you could live without me; and &at
you feared that I would die first . . And E reflect 1l1:1t
some of these evidences of love were given me only
a year and a half ago, though for a year previous
your love had h e n Iess fervcnt-because of jcdousy
2nd surmisings, notwjthsfanding my assurances of Ibc
ardor of my love for you, repeatcd a hundred times,
and still asseverated."
Russell did feel that the great Adversary then had
a "very Arm hold" on his wife. He said, "I have prayed

hc

earneatly t o the Lord on your behalf," and he also


mouglit to aid 11er. Among other things, he wrote: "I
tvlll not hurtle11 you tvlth accotmts of my sorrow, nor
attempt to work upon your sympathies hy delineating
my etnotlons, as f from tlmc to t i m e run across your
drrsscs and othcr nrtlcles which hring avidly before
Inv rnlntl your Zornl~rsclf-so full of love and sympithy nnd t~clpfttln~ss-the spirlt of Christ. nly heart
(*~II!R
o i ~ t ,' 0 1 1 that I hecl buri~dher, or t h a t she had
Intrl~tlme, in that happy tlmc. But d d e n t l y the trinls

...

nnd testrngs wrse not shfficicntly advanced.


Oh,
tlo consldcr prnyrrfully what I am ahout t o say. And
l,c nssurud thar Ihc kern etl P of my sorrow, its

poi nanvy, Is not my own lonelkess for the remainder


o f ?lf~'sjourrjry, Inat y w r fall, my dear, your everlaslinf: loss, ao far ns l cua SEE,"

NOT moTtA1;
An thowg11 the straln of Russell's marital dlfllculties
was not enough, hfa foes stoopcd t o making scurrflous
c h ~ ~ r ~ngalnst
es
him to t h e effect that he was irnmorn]. Tllr-sc! deli brrate falsehoods centered around
R RO-CRIIC~I'CJ~llyflshlJ
story. Durfng thc trial in April
1906, Mrs. R u s ~ r llestiflstl
~
thnl n ccrtain Miss Ball
taltl her that C. ?', Russell hnd once said: 'I am Iike
n Jcllynsh. I flont around here nnd there, I touch this
on(. ~ n f lIhnt onc, ant1 1P slio respo?fls I take her to
mc, ~ ~ r Ifr l no1 1 floal. on to others. On the witness
stnntl C. T. R u ~ s c l lcmphntlcally ticnlccl the "jellyfish"
slory, nnrl fill thls mnlter was stricken from the
court rocbord, the judge sflying in his charge t o the
1ur.y: "This llttlc incldcnt nbo~itthis girl that was in
the farnlly, that Is bryond the ground o f the libel
and hns nothlng to rlo with the case."
T h e girl in rluestlon came to t h e Russells in 1838
as an urphnn rihout tcn years old. They treated her
as their own chlld and she kisned both fi,and Mrs.
Ruasrll gootl nl ?tilt each evening when retirin~.(Court
Record, pngEf4
and 91) Mrs. Bursell testifled that
the n l l q y d IncIclent occurred in 1891. when thls g r l
coultl nnt hnvc h e n more than fifteen years old.
ICot~rtRecord, paEe 15) After that Mrs. RusseIl lived
wlth her husband f n r thrce ycnrs and was separated
from him f u r nho~rt sevm years m o r e before filing
S H ~ I for s~pnraZ1011,
In her bill for separation no ref*
c-runce wns ~nntlcto this matter. Though Miss Ba12 was
then living: nnd Mrs. liussell knew where, she made
no attempi t o prorure h ~ as
r a witness and presented
no statement from her. C. T. Russell hjrnself could not
have hnd Miss Eall preficnt t o iestify because he had
t ~ onotice or in(imat1on that l ~ i s wife would bring

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such a matter Into the case, Furthermore, three years


after the alleged inctdent, when Mrs. Russell had
called together a committee before whom she nnd her
husband discussed certain differences, the "jellyfish"'
story was never even intimated. In thc suit for scpqj.ntt!
maintenance, Mrs. Rttssell's ~ t t o r n e yhad said: ~ V G
make no charge of adttltery. And that Mrs- IiussolI
actually never believed her husband was gullty o f
itnmoral eonduct mas shorvn by the record (page l O l ,
Ncr m1.n counsel asked Mrs. RusselE: "You don't mean

t h a t your huskand was guiIty of adultery?" Shc

answered: "No.
Throughout the triaIsome period of Charles Tnze
Russell's domestic diffleullies and the related hardships, Jehovah sustained him by means of the ho3y
spirit. God continued to use Russell during those
years, not only t o wrjtc material I n r Zion'.9 U7crtcEb
Toqcr-r, but to discharge other weighty duties rind l o
pen three~volurnes of Millenniul. Dtrzon (or S l w d i y
en the Scrlptetres). How cncuuraging this is t o Christians today as they g o on doing Ihe divine will t h o t ~ r h
beset by various trials! Especial1 heartening to Jcsus'
faithful anointed followers are t i w e words of Jamrs:
"Happy is the man that keeps on enduring trinl, Ilecause on becomin approved he will receive the crown
of life, which ~ & o v a h promised to thosc who continuo loving him!'-Jas.
1:12.
MlJGACaEl m A T

Foes of C. T. Russell used not only his domestic


afinirs but other "weapons" against him, F'or instance,
his enemies have charged that he sold a great quantity
c ~ fordinary wheat seed under the name of "Miracle
Wheat" at one dollar per pound, or sixty dollnrs pcr
bushel. They have held that from tMs Russell realized
an enormous personal profit. However, these chnr1:cs
are ahsoluteIg false. What a M the facts?
M 1904 Mr. R. B. Stoner noticed an unusual plant
growing in his garden in Fincastle, Virginia. It tzirned
out to be wheat of an uncommon Mntl. The piant hat!
142 stalks and each bore a head of full maturcd wheat.
In 1906 Ile named it "Miracle Wlteat." h n t u a t l othcrs
obtained and grew it, enjoying extraordinary yie!rls.
I n fact, Miracle Wheat won prizes at scwcral IRI?X.
C. T. RusscIl was very interested in anything relnrcd
to the Biblical prediEtins that "the desert shall re.
joke, and blossom as thc rose" and "the earth shall
yield her inu-ease!' (&a. 35:l; Ezck. 34:27, A V ) Un
Novernbcr 23, 19M, H. A. Miller, Assistant Agricul*
turalist of the United States Government, &led In t h e
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whent rown by Mr. Stoner, Throughout the c m t r y


the pudlc press took note of the report. C . T. Russell's
ptlcntion wns drawn to It, and so fn Z4on's Watch
Talccurof MRPCII15,I9U8, on page SG, hr publlsheil some
press comments nnd extracts Prom the gov:rnment
port. Thcn, in conclt~slon, he rnmmenterlr Zf this
account hc! hut ane.hnlf true It test~licsafrest to God's
abilllp t o pl.ovldc tt~lngs ncerlful for the times of
rrstllutIon of all things which God hath s okcn by
ihc mouth o f nll t b r holy prophets sinec t\e world
bcga11.'-Acts 3:1921." .
Mr. Stancr was not a Bible StudFnf: or an associate
of C, T. Russell, and neithrr were various other persons who cxpm-imcnierl with Mirncle Wheat. In 1911,
Irot~evel-Wcrlcll T o 7 c c ~rr:irl@rs J. A. Dohnet of PittsI,urgh, brnnsy~vanj;l, ~tntl Snrnuel J. Fleming o f
Wnlmrrh, 1nrli:inn, ~>i.rscnirrlto the Watrh Tower Bible
ant1 Tract Soclci y 1 1 1 ~n~gr~egale
of about thirty bushels
of this whmk, proposhg Ihat it 1~ sold for one dolIar
pcr gountl and thnt nll thc! proceeds be received by

the Socicly as n donatfon from them, to be used in


Ils rr4l~lnliarvorlc. The wheat was received and smlt
out hy I l ~ r ! Sotniety ant1 the gross recdpts from it
nmaun t cd to nhnut $1 ,HM. Russr.11 hlmsclf rlid not
~c:t n ponny nS t h l ~monc!y. Jrt! rnerc~ly publiqhed a
slntemcnt in Il'lta Wnlr81!?'trlu~)'tn t.hc c~Cfr?cltlint t h ~
w l l c ~ llind been r'rn~l
rib111crl nnd could be o \ ~ t n l n e d
for n dollar a pounrl. Tllc Srrclcly itself made no claim
lor thc whent on its awn hnowlcdge and the money
rr*celved wcnt RR a donnllan into Christian misslonary
work. W l ~ motl~ers criticbed this sale, all who had
cnntrlbutrd wcrc! fnforrnrrl thnt If they were dissatisfied
(hrlr tnunry rvould h r rrturncd. In fact, the identical
monc rcrolvetl l o r thc whcnt wa9 held for a year
for tKnt ~ U T ~ O B CBur
.
not on@ pcrson asked f o ~a
rcfund. Thc! conduct of Brother RusselT and the Society
i n cunnrrbtlon with Mir'aclc Whcnt waa compktely
open nnd nht~vrhonrd,
Bec~useCharlrs Tuzc Russell taught the truth from
Gocl'a Word, he was hatetl nnd maligned, often by the
relfgious clcr~y.nut then, CItrIstians of modern times
e x p ~ c tsuch tl.('ata~cnt,for Jesus and his apostles were
cFe;lll will1 sinlilarIy by r~ligiousopposers,-Luke 7:3.

4 4 m ~
WLL
0 NOT
~ ~DESERT HIS PEOPW
Jehovnh is a faithful Gnrl, The prophet ;Samnel
m~~nscled
the people of Israel t o serve God mth all
t h d r hrnrt, and drclared: "Jchovah will not de~m-t
his people for the salte o f hb great name, because
Jehovah has taken It upon himsclf to make you his
people."'-1 Sam. 12:20.25.

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The Bible Students certainly found this t o be true


in their case. Some of their experiences during the
years 1914 through 1916, f o r instance, brought disappointment and sorrow. Yet, Jehovah upheld his
people, never forsaking them.-l Cor. 10:13.

the Scriptures warranted, then we must bow to Jehovah's will and adjust our minds and hearts in faith
to His way, still faithfully watching and waiting for
the outworking of associated evcnts."
An incident at the Saratoga Springs convention in
1914 highlights Brother Macrnillan's view of "going
home" to heaven In Chat year. He wrote: "Wednesday
(September 30) I was invited t o talk on the subject,
'The End of All Thlngs Is at Hand; Therefore Let Us
'Be Soher, Watchful and Pray.' Welf, as one would
say, that was down m road. I helleved ~t myseIf
sincerely-that the churcx was 'going home' in Odober.
??lrin~that discourse 3: made this unfortunate remark:
This is probably the last public address X shall ever
deliver because we shall be going home soon."'
The next morning, October 1, 1914, about five hun.
dred Bible Students enjoyed a lovely rlde down the
Hudson River on a steamer from Albany to New
Pork. On Sunda the conventioners were to open
sessions in ~ r o o k r m ,where the assembly would end.
Quite a few delegates stayed at Bethel, and, of course,
members of the headquarters staff were resent at
the breakfast table on Friday morning, 8ctober 2.
Everyone was seated when Brother Rupsell entered.
As usual, he said +eerily, "Good morning, all." But
t h i s particular morning was different. Instead of proceeding promptly to his seat, he clapped his hands
and joyfully announced: "The Gentile times have
ended; thcir kln s have had their day.': "How we
clapped our hanfs!" exdams Cora Merr~ll.Brother
MamilIan admitted: ''We were! highly excited and
I would not have been surprised Lf at that moment
we had just started up, that becoming the signal to
begin ascending heavenward-but
of course there
was nothing like that, really." Sister li?errill adds:
"After a l~rlef pause he lRusseIll said: Anyone disappointed? I'm not. EverytIiing is moving right on
schedule!' Again we clapped our hands."
C. T. EtusseIl made some remarks, but it: was not
long before A. FI. Mamillan became the object. of
attention. Good-naturedly, Russell said: "We are going
to make some changes in the program for Sunda .
+t 10:30 Sunday morning Brother Mamillan w81
give us an address.
That brought hearty laughter
from everyone. After all, just that past Wednesday
Brother Macmillan had given what he thought would
probably be his "last public address." "Wcll,'\vrole
A. H, hlacmillan years later, "then 1 had to get busy
to And something to say. I found Psalm 74:9, 'We
see not our signs: there is no more any prophet:
neither 18 there among us any that knoweth how

GREAT EXPECTATIONS
A t that time there also were reasons for rejoicin .
For years God's people had pointed forward to 1984
as the year that would mark the end of the Gentile
T'imes, Their expectations did not lead t o disappointment. On J d y 28, 1914, World War I erupted, and as
time marched ov toward Octoker 1 more and more
nations and empires got invoIved. As Jehovah's Christian witnesses know from rheir Scriptural studies, the
eriod of unint~rruptpd Gentile world rule ended in
914, with t h e birth of God's heavenly kingdom with
Jesus Christ as king. (Rev. 12:l-5) But thcre also were
other expectations regarding 1914. Concerning these,
Brother A. H. Macrnillan wrote in his book Il'nitJ~ olt
the March: "On August 23, 1914, as I well recall, Pastor
Russell started on a trip to the Northwest, down the
Paclfic coast and over into the Southern states, and
then ending a t Saratoga Springs, New Yorlr, where
we held a convention September 27-30. That was a
higllly interesthg time because a few of us seriously
thought we were r i n p t o heaven during the first
week of that Octo er!
The idea of goin to heaven in 1914 was strong
among some Biblc gtudents. "Our thought: remarks
Sister Dwight T. Kenyon, "was that the war would
go into revolution and into anarchy. Then those of
the anointed or the consecrated at that time would
die and be glorified. One night I dreamed that t h e
whole ecclesia (congregation) was on a train going
somewhere. There was thunder and lightning, and
all a t once the friends began dying all around me. I
thought that was all right, but try as I would, T
couldn't die. This was quite upsetting! Then all a t once
I &ed and felt so relieved and satisfied. I tell this
just to show how sure we were that all was going to
end soon as far as this old world was concemcd and
that the remnant of the 'little flock'was t o be glorified.
--Luke 12:32."
HazeIle and Helen KruIl recall that during 1914
discussions at the Bethel dining table often centered
on the end of the Gentile Times. From time to time,
they say, Brother Russell made extended remarks,
urging faithfulness and explaining t l ~ a tthe time features had h e n reviewed and still seemed accurate,
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long.' Now that was Werent. In that talk 1 tried to
show the friends that perhaps some of us had k e n
a bit too hasty in thinking that we were going to
heaven right away and the thing f o r us to do would
be to keep busy
the Lord's service until he determined when an of his approved servants would
be taken h o m e to Keaven!'
C. T. Russell himself had w a ~ e dagainst private
speculations. For instance, he discussed the end of
the Gentile Times and then said in The Watch TOWW
of December 1,1912: "FinalIy, let us remember that we
did not consecrate Cdedicatel either to October, 1914,
nor to October, 1915, or t o any other date, but 'unto
death.' I f for any reason the Lord has permitted us
to miscalculate the prophecies, the signs of the times
assure us that tlre miscalculations cannot be very
great. And if the Lord's grace and peace be with us
in the iulurc as i n the past, according to 13s promise,
we shall rejoice cqually to go or to remain at any
time, and t o be in His service, either on this side the
veil or on the other side Con earth or in heaven], as
m a y please our Master best."
Even as the climactic year 1914 began, Russell wrote
in The Watch Tower of January 1: "We may not
read the time features with the same absolute certainty as doctrinal features; for time is not so definitely
stated in the Scriptures a& are the basic doctrines.
We are still walking by faith and not by sight. W e

arc, however, not faithless and unbelieving, but faithful and waiting. I f later it should be dcmonstrnted
t h a t the Church is not glorifl~dby October, 1914, w e
shall rry t o Ice1 content with whatever the Lord's
will may be."'
So, there were great expectations concerning 1914
on the part of many of the Bible Students. Pet, they
also had received sound admonition in pages of The.
Watch iraz~wr. Indeed, some Christians thought they
were 'gain5 home' to heaven in the autumn of that
year. "But,' says C. J. Woodworth, "October lst, 1914,
came and went-and years accumulated after that
dat-nd
the ano9nted were still here on earth. Some
grew sour and fell away from the truth. Those who
put their trust in Jehovah saw 19.914as truly a markcd
time-the 'beginning of the endJ-but they also realized
their previous concept was wrong concerning the 'glorification of the saints! as it was stated. Thev now ncrceivecl that much work yet remained for the-faithful
anointed ones-and of that group my father [Clayton
J. Woodworthl was one."
But disappoktrnents about going to heaven in 1914
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expectations realized in connection with that year.


During the first six months of 1914, nathing happened
to the Gentile nations, though the Bible Students long
had pointed out that the Gentile Times would expire
in that year. Hence, reli ious leaders and others sidieuled C. T. Russell an$ the Watch Tower Society.
Yet, Jehovah certainly had not forsaken hs people
or allowed them to be misled. Moved by his holy
spirit, they carrried on their witness work, not expecting the end of the Gentile Times until autumn of
that year. As the months wore on, tension increased
throughout Europe, and still ridicule against the Kingdom message was mounting. W h e n nabon after nation
became enmeshed in the first world war, however,
there was a difference. The work of Jehovah's Christian
witnesses was brought prominently into view.
A typical press reaction of the time appeared in
Tho World, then a leading New York city newspaper.
Its Sunday magazine section of August 30, 1914, co7;
tained the article "End of All Kmgdomg in 1914.
There it was stated, in part:
'The terryc war outbreak in Europe has fulfilled
an exlraordlnary prophecy. For a quarter of a cen;tury past, through preachers and through press, the
International ,Bible Students,' best ltnown as 'Mlllennial Dnwncrs, have been proclaiming to the world
that the Day of Wrath prophesied in the Bible would
dawn in 1914. 'Look out for 19'14!' has been the cry
of the hundreds of travelling evangelists who, representing this strange creed, have gone up and down the
country enurndating the doctrine that 'the Kingdom of
God is at hand. . . .
"Rev. Charles T. Russell is the man who has been
ropoundir]lg this interpretation of the Scrfptures since
b74. . . . In view of this strong Bible ev~dence,'Rev.
lZussell wrote in 1889, 'we consider it an established
truth that the final end of the hngdoms of this world
and the full establrshment of thc Rlngdom of God
will, be accomplished by the end of A.D. 1914.' . ,
"Eut to say that the trouble must culminate in 1914
-that was peculiar. For some strange reason,
haps because Rev. Russell has a very calm, ~g!%
mathematics style of writing fnstead of flamboyant
soap box manners, the world in general has scarcely
plren him into account. The students over in his
Brooklyn TabernacIe' say that this was to be expected, that the world never dicl listen to divine warn.
ings and never will, until after the day af trouble is
past.. . ,
"And in 1914 comes war, the war which everybody
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ha pm. Rev. Russell is not saying 'I told you so';


an$ he is not revising the prophecies to suit the

current history. He and his students Rre content to


wait-to wait until O c i p e r , which they figure to
be the real cmd of 1914.
R u e , t h e EibFe Students were not 'taken homep to
heaven tn October 1914. But the 2320-war-long Gcntlle
Times then ended. Andn as Jehovah" servants later
realized mo? fthly, they had plenty of work to clo
d t e r that tlme right here on earth in reaclilng
t h e goad n p w s of GWs established king&rn. Esidently many ~vould yet respond favorably to ntblc
truth. Regarding this, Russelll ~ v r o t c in The Wn!rqlt
3T021'~rof Febnrary 15, 1915: 7.h~i-c TI? certain in.
dicntions that t h e Lord has a great work for all I-lis
pcople, 13s watching sainls, at t h prcscnt
~
time. ,
There are some of t h e Lord's r h i l d r ~ nwho seem
scssed with the idea that 'the door js slrut,' nnd
thcre is no further opportunity far scrcice. So they
become jndol~nt in regard to the Lortl's wor'lr. We
should lose no time dreaming that the door is sbilt!
There are people who are seeking the Truth-people
who are sitting in darkness. There never was a time
lil~cthe present. Never have so many pcople been !nea,dy
t o hear the good Message, In all the forty years of
Harvest there have not been such o portunities lo
proclaim the ruth as now prcsent tlemsplven. The
great war and the ominous signs of the limes are
waking pcople up, and many are now inquiring. So the
Lord's
opIe should he very diIigcnt, doing wllh
their m g h t what their hands flnd l o

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In essence, then, God's people were talA t o remaln


steadfast and 'have plenty to do in the work of the
Lord! (1 Cor. 15:581 Fnrther indicating that Brother
Russell was convinced that there was a great: work
ahead for Jehovah's servants was an incident r e
lated years later by k H. Macmillan. C. T. Russell
always spent his mornings, from P:OO a.m. untH noon,
preparing Watch T a z w articles and engaging in orhrr
writing and Bible research Marmillan wrote: "Nobody ever w e n t near the study durI~rg those hours
unless they were sent for or had som~thing very

important. About f i x r e minutes after eight n st*


nographer came runnlng down the stairs and said to
me: 'Brother Russell wants to see you in the study."
I thought, 'What have I been doing now?' T o Ire
called t o the study in the morning meant therc was
something important." Listen to Brother Mamillan's
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"I went to the study sad he said: '?om@ in, brother.


Please wallc into thc drawing rpom. It was an extension of thc study. H e said: Brother, are you as
clrcply Intercstcjd in thc truth as you yere when you
hcgan?' 1 looked surpl4serl. He said: Don't bc surprlscrl. Tltnt was just a leading t/~!estion.' Then he
d r a r . r l h ~ to nlr! his physical condition, and I M e w
cnnuch about physlrat cllagnosls to know that he would
not li{,C! very r n y y morr months unless he had some
n * l i ~ T .Hc! said: iV'~'e11,now, hmlher, what I wanted to
11.11 you is !his. I am not able to c a r y on tlie work any
1tmgc:r, ant1 yet t3~srcts n great wor t o be done. . .
"I snltl: 'Brothrr Russell, tvhnt you are talking about
clo~sn't.ndd up. It doesn't make good sense.'
"'Whnt do you moan, brother?' he asked.
"'Your dylnlr and this worlr goin on?' I replied.
Why, tvlyen you dle wr will all eom$accntly fold our
arms nnd wait l o go to heavcn with you. We ~ 5 1 1

quit t h ~ n . '

"'Brother,' he sald, 'If that b your idea, you don't


see I h c Issue. TIils Is not man's work. 1 a? not
!mportnnt to thls worlc. T h e light Is getting brighter.
Tllerc? IH n gmnl !vorlc ahmd!
,
"Af t ~ oulllrrlng
r
I hr! wclrl; nhcad, Brother Russell
snid: Now, wllnt I want $5 fiorneone who wlll come
1n hcrc to take the reapondblllty from me, 2'11 still
dlrccl thc w o ~ l c ,but I'm not able t o attend t o it as
1 hnve in the ~anl.'So wc discussed various ersons.
Flnnll when 7! left and a ~ s c dlhrou h a slid% door
inlo
hnliwily, he sntrf: $Just n mFnee. you go t o
yarir room and talk I n the Lord on this matter and
cotnc nnd ZclI me if Brother Mnrrnlllan will accept this
jab," ITc closcrl the dnnr wltllaut my saying anything
mure. Well, I thIt~k T stoocl there half dazed. What
rould I (lo to nsnlst Hrothcr Russell in this work? It
fcrluir~dn man t h a t wo~rldltavr some business abilities
n21uut l ~ i m ond
,
nil I: h u m wns how t o preach sel~gion.
However, I thougllt it over and came bark later and
snid to him: 'Bn~lher,J'11 do anything that I possibly

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can. I don't rare whcre you put mc.'"


Condncerl tltnt tl~crewas so much work ahead for
God's pcople, C , 'S. Ru~seH told his close associates
to prepfir(* for R crowth In their numbers. H e made
ccrl ain c11anFes that would draw the organization
togclhcr, nnrl ~ecornmendcd future changes m The
event that hr! coulrl not. rarry them out personally.
A. 1-1. M n m i l l a n was laced in charge of the ofice
nnd thr Bethel home.
dcspjte Russell's rapidly
iafllna hrnllh ancl extreme physjcal. discomfort by
nutumn of 1x6, he set out on a previously asranged
lccturt? tour.

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A FLNAL Y O r n h T Y
De a d n g from New York on OcDctohr 16, 1916,
~ r o t f e rRussell ancl his secretary, Mentn Sturlynn,
traveled t o Detroit, l'vfichigan, by way of CanntIa. The
two men then went on t o CE~lmjio, Illinois, down
through Kansas and on into T e x ~ s .EIis rontlitlon o f
hraltll was such that hls secretary had l o suhslitule
for him at several speaking engagcmcnis. O n ?ticsdflv

evening, October 24, at San Aninnlo, Texns, ~ u s s r ~ l


rlclIvcred his last public talk, on the suhjcct " ' 1 ' 1 1 ~
World on Fire." During this discourse. he hntl lo lrrtv~
the platform three times, while Iris ~ccrclnry illlcd
In for him,
Tu~sdnynight, Brother Ru~lxcll and hla secretary
and traveling associate were ahnnrrl n train en souti?
to California. A sick man, Russrll rcrnnlned in k d
all tlny Wrvlncsday. At one point, tr~klng the nfling
man's trnnd, Russell's travclln~:nssoclnlr s ~ t l t l : "Thnt
I s IIte greatest creed-srnasl.ling Ilnntl X. rvvr sn!ltl"
Itussull replied that he did not thinlc I t wouitl snmsh
any more ~ ~ e e d s ,
The two men were detained one day at Del Rlo,
Texas, because a bridge had been burncd nnd nnotIlcr
had t o bc erected. They pulled out of: Del Rio on T11ut.~day morning. On Friday night they chnngcd tralns nC
n lunction point in California. All day Saturday Itussell was in severe pain and ex crlenrln~:crenl w ~ n h .
ncss. The arrived In Los nngrka on S \ I I I ~ : LOYC, ~ O ~ I C ~
29 nnrl &ere that evening C. 7'. Ilusstbll g:lve his laat
1:~tkl o n cnngrc~ation.13y that titnt! I!(! was so wt$nl<
111:iL 1~ was unnl~leto stand for t l i ~rlirrr.ourse. "1 rccrcht
thnt 3, am not able to spcnlc wiih foiT-c or poowt3r3,"
hitid Itussell. IIe then br:vkunccl In t fir cirairfnnn to
rrmovt? tl): stand and Iring a cllnll-, ~nytrii: 11: ht!
r a t clown, 'Pardon m e for sitting down, pIc;rsc. l l c
spoke for about forty-five minutes, then nnswewd
r ilrstions for ? short lime. Dwiglit T. 'ICmyml s x y s o f
tknt occasion: 3
' had the privile~cof ntlcnding Drul hrr
R~wsell'slast talk in Los Angrl1.s un Ocloher 29, 191fi.
very ill and remained seated rlurin h i s (11scoursc on Zechariah 13:7-9.IIow 111s good$yc? text,

I.Tc w a s

Numbers 6:24-26, impressccl mc!"

Renlizlng that his severe condition would not allow


him t o a on, Russell decided to cnncel the rest ot
hls speafing appointments and roturn quickly to tho
ncthcl home in Brooklyn, On Tucstlay, Octobrr 31,
C . T. Russell was on the verge af rlcnth. At IJnnhandlc,
Texas, a physician summoned ccilll~r by tolccmph
tern ornrIIy boardcd t h e traifi ancl oI>~crvmll i u s s r l l ' ~
eoaclrion, recognizing the critical symptoms. T i ~ t ~tl~e
n
Irnln Iras under way again, Shortly tiicrcnilcl; In

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early aftmnoan of Tuesday, October 38,1918,s1 -fouryear-old Charles Tnze Russell dled nt FnmpnTexas.
'GOD STa;L AT TIEE IElCUP
Charles Taze Russell'g many trials, preach,ing activities, d t f n g rcs onsiMlitjcs m d other dur~eshad
drawn greally on !ls vltnlliy. Fnr about thirtptwo
years he had servcd a1 president of the Watch Tower
Bible and Tsart Sosfety, Rrl)nrledly, hc trnvelcd more
than a million milrs aa a puhlic sprnker, reaching
over 3o.000 scrmons. FTc wrale ilirml ul-r tots!rig more
than 50,000 )ages, orten dlr:Lntcd n Ihotlsantl letters
a month, wflilt! managlng n worldd?ndrcling evangelistic campaign thtti n l rlno tlme ~ n ~ p l o y e d
100
speakers, FurthcrmorP, Tlussrll pt~ssonnlly compiled
the most informativr Bthlicnl drama ever exhibited,
the Photo-Drama of Crcnt loti.
Since Brather Russell hnd played such a prominent
role In the work o f ~Icclnrlngthe good news, he was
missed greatly by many Rlhlc Studcnt~."When 1 read
the telegram regarding hls rltxa; h to the 13c-the1 family
at breakfast thr: next morn in^, said A, 31. M,ymillnn,
"there were moans it11 o v r r i l ~ et l l n l n ~room. Among
God's people in gcncrnl thcrt: wrrr rnlx~rl rencliolls.
Arden Pate, who, incldeninlly, wns i111 altrndant at:
the Majestic T!~ealrr: In S i ~ nAiltonlo when C. T.
Russell gave h u I R Ypuhllc
~
t ~ l l c 01)servcs: "Some
said, 'That's the end ot it,' find for ~kemit wns because
they didn't: see Jehovah lcnrling his eople, but they
looked too much to one rn:~n."A l Zuascll's funeral
services on Sunday, Nov~rnhcr5,1IH6, in tho New York
City TempIe, a number nf his closr nssocInles spoke of
the great loss. Iiowcver, thrrc were nlso exhortations
to continud failhfrilncss. Scparnlc services were held
at the Carncgic Music l Iall in Pittsbur~hIAllrgheny),
Pennsylvania, beginning at 2 p.m, on Nr~vernber6, with
interment in the Brtht.1 Fnrnlly plot of Zhc I~osemont
United Cemeer~cs,Allrgljeny, fit tltlsk of that day.
During the morning funeral scrvlce in New York
city, A. H. Mncmlllnn lolrl aboul the tnllr Brother
Russell had with him shortly brfare his dratli, mentioning also certain steps l<ufl~rlltook Jn connection
with the work at the Socicty's hcndquartcrs. Then,
among other Ihfngs, Mnr-millan derlnrrd : " T l ~ ework
before us i s great, but the Lord will filva us the necessary grace and strength to perfurn1 It. , . some
faint-hearted workers may think the tlme has come
to lay down our harvesting lnqtruments ~ n wait
d
until
the Lord calls us home. This Is not the tlmc Ior slackers
t o be heard. This is a tlmc for action-mote deteiminctl
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Nearing the concludon of Ms discoume at the


evening service, 6. F. Rutherford said: "My beloved
brethrewwe who are here and all who are In the
earth-what shall we do? h a l l we slacken our z e ~ l
f o r the cause of our Lord and Icing? No! 13y hfs grurc
tve will i ~ c our
~ %eaI
e and energy, t o finish attc
course rmth joy. W e mll not fear n o r falter, hut will
stand sho:~Ider to shoulder, contending for the faith,
rejoicing In our privilege of proclaiming the M e s s a ~ e
of his Kin,adorn."
Notetvorthy, too, were the remarks of the !%cIeiy's
secrftary-Oeasurer, W. E. Van Am burgh. At R!issell's
semces, he stated: 'This great worldwlpfde work Is
not t h work
~
of one person. It is far too great for that.
It is God's work and ~tchanges not. God has usec?many
servanls in 1he past anrl Hc will dozthtless usc many
in the future. Our consccmiion is not to 8 man, or
to a man's work, but lo [lo tile ?r?ilL of God, as 1-I@shnll
reveal it unto us through His Word and providential
leaclings. God is still at the helm."
For God's people those were diflcult days, indeed,
Yet,they looked t o Jehovah for aid. IPS,121:l-3) God
tvould raise up others to carry major responsihllitius
in his organization. The preaching work would go on.
Jehovah's servants had just passed through EL tr in
tfme, but years of cnsls were ahead of them. &t!?
the death of C. T . Russell on October 31, 1916 the
Watch Tower Society laclced & president. until its
annual meeting on January 6, 1917, an cxacutlvc
committee managed the Society'# nffnlrs. Durrng that
period, of course, the question of who would bo the
next president arose. One day Brathcr Van Arnhurt:!~
asked A. H. Maernillan: "Brother, what do ynu thltllt
about it?"
is only one person, whcthcr you
liIia it or not, replied Marmillan. "Thcre is only nnc
man w h o can t a k e charge of this work now, nnrI
that i s Brother Rutherford." Taking MacrniIInnk hanntl,
Brather Van Amburgh said: "I'm with you." J. F.
Ruthe$md knew nothing about this and rtic? no e l ~ r poneerlng for votes. Eut at the Society's annual mectIng on January 'y, 1917, he was nominnlcd and
elected as the president o f the Watch To1rt.r Sodrly.
Humbly assuming his new responsil,i lit y, mot hcr
Ruthetford spoke brieny on that accasion, requcslin
the "united prayers deep sympathy and unqrlnllfim?
cooperalion" of his fellorv beliercrs. He assurcd th.rrnr
"He who has thus far led us will continue t o lead us.
Let US have brave hearts, ready minds and willing
hands, trusting implicitly always in the Lord, 100liing
t o Him f o r guidance. He will lead us to certain vlctory.
Renewing our Covenant with Him today, united In

the holy bonds o f Chrlatlan love, may we go forth


procldmlnq,/o thc world, 'The Kingdom of Heaven

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RTJTEIF:RPORD7S IIAUKGRO'TMD

Rutherford I~irnself was a cuuragews fighter for


the trtlth. Ile wns horn of Bapttsr parents in Morgan
County, MissourZ, on November 8, 1369. From Sister
Ross, the clRcr nnturaY s l s l ~ r of Josyph FranWin
Itut l~erlorrl,A. B. Scl~lnrderImrned this: Their father
trns a stnutic11 nnptlst out in Missouri where the
family llverl. rlcr ycfimyer brother S o s ~ p hnever could

nccrpt Ihs Rrt tkl "~rllRrc*teaching. This resulted


in mnny heatrtl' d k s t v s In the household even before
they llnd het~rri of lllc truth. Iicr I~rotheralways had
hcrn orlc of sfrong ronvlctions tv3th a deep sense of
lustice. l'rom yozltl~ he wnnlerl to br a lawyer and a
]u~lj:o. Thcir fnl hrr wanlrd him to stay on the farm
rather than go to crdlcgr? to study law. Joseph had
l o get R friend who wollFd loan him money, not only
to hire A r e p l a ~ ~ i n e nfor
t 11lm on s:h father's farm,
but a l ~ otb flnnncr! l l i ~atudics in law.
Josrph Rut hcrforrl paln 113s own way through school.
Arnony: otlicr I hlngs, hr! h ~ c x m cnn expert nt taklng
shorlhand, n skill wry usrfu'i ears later in quickly
rccorrling hls l hnu hta f o ~BiblEnl nrticler and other
n ~ x t r ~ ~ lWl~llr
nl.
f : l a l in school, Joge h Rutherford becamp il 00~11.R L F I I V ~ I O ~ ~ C ~ . Tlll~cnn%led him to finish
pnyin f o r his cour~rc and also gave him practicaI
c-xllertnca. Aircr c-ompl~tinghis academy education,
Rulher.for.d spcnt two ycnrs imder the tutelage of
Judre 14:. L. I~,dwartls.At twenty years of age, Joseph
Rril l~rr
Pnrtl hr~varncI hc omulnl reporter for the courts
of' lht! Faurtcent 1 Jutlfcial Circuit in Missouri, W h e n
twpnly-two, lir tvaa ntlmlt tecl to the Missnuri bar. HIS
lirensc to rnctlfc Inlv in that state w a s granted on
BTny 5, I&. nc.rnrtiinq to tllc r ~ r a i l sof the Cnopcr
CI1,r:ttl t Court, tlttth~rlorrf hegan praFticing law at
tlor~nvllle, hTissuz~rl, as n trial lawyer with the law
firm of DrntTcn and Wright.
J. F.Ruthcr ford Inter senred for four years as public
prosecutor in F3oonvilIe, Mtssourl. Still later he b c
came n sper3inl j~idpej t i thr same Fourteenth Judicial
Distrlcl of ~ i s s o u r i .Tn this capacity, If the regular
jurlgc was unal~lr to hold court, Tluthedord sat as
n suhsllrutc jt~tlge. Court records substantiate his
nppolnlmcnt n s ;I sprcial judge on more than one
oocnslon. IJen~e,he came to be lrnown as "Judge"
It111herford.
IIazelle and Helen Krull remember hearing J. F.

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truth' proclaimed by Jehovaht& sewants. They tell


us: 'During one of B r o t h ~ rRutherford's asits he
suggested a walk in the moonlight out into the rountr
side. As w e walked, he taihcd, trlling of his c a r 6
lifc and how he became interested in the t n ~ t h .IJc
was brou h t up on a farm but he wanted to stlirly
law. His &ther felt the need of his help cln the fnrm
but finally consented to Iet him go if he paid his
own may in schaol and also paid fur a helper 018 t l ~ c
farm to take his place. During summer vacation time
he sold books in order to live up t o his agreemcr~t..
H e made a omise to himself t h a t when hc became
a ractlcing%wyer, If anyone ever came to his olllce
sceini: hooks hr would buy them. That day camc [in
18941, but hia law artner talked to the caller. SShr

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was a 'colporteur-8istcr Elimhetll Hettenbaugh-anrl


was presenting three volumes of Jiillcn~tirtZDrl ion. 1-Ils
artner was not interested and dismissed her land
Rcr nssodaie colporteur, Sister Reelcrl I3rol her lluther-

ford, emerging from his private onice, I l a v i n ~ ovrrheard sorncthing about books and rernembcnn 111s
resolve, called her back, took the books and
them in his library at home and th~r.ret h e rcmninctl
fpr a while. One day as he uynseonvalescLg from 8
s ~ c kspell Ile opened one of t h e books and srarlcd to
read. That was the beginning af a llfelong i n t ~ r e s t
and a never-ceasing devotion and service to his Cod,"
Meetings of the Bible Siudents were not held In
the immediate vicinity of the Rutherford heme. ITowever, Clarence B. Beaty sa s: "l*'rom 1904 on, meelinga
were hrld in our home. Jstcr Rutherford and Jucl
Rutherford came up from Uounvillc, Missouri, for
Memorial [of Christ's cleathl, , , I-Zc partook of Ills
first Mcmorial ant1 gave his A r s t p i l ~ r ~ rtalk
n to the
friends in our home. Tlrc hef~lno one in the tnith in
BuonviIle except Ihcrnseces.
But how did J. F. Rutherford get started as a
reacher of the good news? Well, A. H. Macmlllan
argely was responsible for that MetcmiIlan met
Ruthcrford in DO5 at ICansas City during a trip across
t h e United States with Brother RusseII. A little Inter
Brother Macmillan stopped to visit Judge Tturherlorct
for a day or truo. One conversation betwcc~r thcnr
went like this:
"Judge, you ought to be preachfng the truth here,"
T'm not a preacher. I'm a lawyer:'
'Well, now, Judge, I'Il show you what you can do.
You go and get a copy of the Holy Bible nnd a small
group of people, and teach them about life, d e ~ t hand
the hereafter. Show them where we got our life, wh
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means. Take the Scrl turefi arr a witness, and then

wind up by saying, ~ l c r cI have fulfilled everything


Illce 1 said,' ust n s you would to the jury in a court
trlal, nnd dr ve it hame in conclusion."
"That doesn't sound too bad."
What happened after that? DId Rutherford do an
thing nbout that advice? Brother Macmillan r e p o r t 2
"Tl~ure was a colorcd man that worked on a little
f ~ r mFhnt wns next to his cIty heme, close t o the edge
of town, About [lite~aor t wunty colored people were
thew, nntl ha wwnt over there to givy them a sermon
on 'Lifr, Dcath nnrl the IIemaf~cr. While he was
t n l k l n ~ thcy lrept saying, 'I'misc the Lord, Judge!
1Vhrrt: dld you p t all that?' IIe had a great time.
Tlint was Ilic flrst Uiblc talk hc ever gave."
Not long I hcrc:~Acr,In 1906, J. F. Rutherford symholizrd his rlcdicntlon to Jelinvah God, Wrote Brotl~er
M n r m l l I ~ ~"I
~ : hntI thr rivjlcge of baptizing h i at
Snint Rial Minnrsota.
was one of 144 persons that
I p o r s ~ ~ i n l!,npt[zed
~Y
in walcr that day. So when he
became president of the Society, I was especially
pl~~~~rl."
Xn lW7 Ruthorford hcame the Watch Tower Soclcly'~leg$E munsrlor, ~ c r v i nat~ its Plttsburgl~headunricrq He wns pr,lvilcf:cd i r ncaotlntc
~
rnallrra when
!IP
~ o c i e llrnnsl'errcd
~
lt~i opcmtions to Brooklyn,
Nrw Yurk, In 390!3, To do this, he marlc application
t~ilrlw t ~
odmittrtl l a the New York bar, becoming a
rccoffr~izecllnwyrr Ior that ~tntc.On*May 21 of !he
~nrnl!ycnr, 32iilli~rford WRS also admtted to practice
hcfnre Ihe Unltcrl States Supreme Court.
J . F, Ruthorford frequently gave rliscourses as a pilgrim, n t rnvcllna rcpres~ntntlvao f the Watch Tower
Societ , IIe journeyer1 wltlcly as a Rible lecturer in
t l l ~ILI~PII
Stater, rpcnhini: In many colleges and
universlt los by rcrlucst, nntl he also addressed large
rlurl lr.nr,r*.r t h r o u ~ l ~ o u1,:uro
t
,o. Ruthcrford visited Egypt
nnd Pnlratinc, nnrl In 191:4, accompanied by his W e ,
hc trnvclrtl tn I:crrnnny, where he addrcsscd aufienees
lolaling 13,000.

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Jesus Christ said that all h i followen; were "brothers" and that 'the one greatest among them must he
thelr rninlstrr." (hlalt. 23:it-12) Hence, no true Christian ~ccortls any fcllow beIiever undue importance.
Yct, Ihr! IXil-rle rcvcills 1 he Irnits of various servants
u i Got]. Moscs, for example, was noted f o r meekness;
dames an11 John, thc sons of Zebedee, for their fiery
ri~tl~udasm.
(Num. 12:J; Mark 3:17; Luke 9 : 5 9 Sincc
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sponsibility in God" earthly orgnnizavtIon, it is o f


some interest t o note his -traits and cloal1ttes.
"Rutherford had always manlfesicd n deep Christian
love for his associates,'' said A. H. Mncmillna, "and
was very kindhearted; but he was not naturaIIy of
the same entie, quiet-mannered dis osllion ns Russell.
1Ic was firect and outspoken an[{ i i d no1 hltlc hi^
foeHngs. His bluntness, even when 5 olcrn In kindness,
wns so~nctjlnesmisunderstood, But r lmd bccn presj.
[lent only a short time when ft became IE parrnt Illnt
tllc Lord had chosen the right man l o r ifc job."
Further insight into Rutherford's c!rsonnlity is
gained from what took place in (Ilr dlhle S l u d ~ n t ~ '
old London Tahrrnacle whcn hc gave tlw M ~ ~ m o r I n l
t a l k tlrerc on April 18, 1Y2.l. Conrrrnlng thls, Slster
Willlam P. I-lenth writes: "The Tnhcrnnclc wny nn
oltl Episcopalian church that tlle Sorirty hnd bought
clleap, and they used it for Sunday r n ~ ~ t l nas~ swe
usr n Kingdom KaIl today,
. 'r'ht3 ~lFlnco for thc
apcnker was way up at the ceiling, ahout twenty fwt
off t h e floor. Only his head would Ilc vlsil,lr whcn
~(Tdressingthe audience. Maybe this i$ why Brot11p.r
Jtuthrrford called it the "horse trou
I-IP refused to
1
f r o it; in fact, he shacl;rRhihe hroil~crs by
ccming down and standing on a Ir!vel wlth Ihrm,''
When Brother Rutherford first assumerl thc! presidency of the Watch Tower Sodcty, ihcre wns n nccd
for courage, faithfulness ant1 dcl crminaiion, He
mnnlfested such ualities. For instance, Esthcr I, MOP
rig recalls a t a k Kuthcrford gnvc hcYorc 8. lareo
o~tdlcnccas a pilgrim in what was t'iyti the Mg cht
thenrcr in Boise, Idaho. She s t a l ~ s : I r i s exposf of
f:il~ereligion arousecl the ire of sc~~!rnl
local clcrcp
tnm, who lrIw2 to interrupt and chnllcnge him, hut
his emphatic 'Sit down! I demand tllc prof.ectlon of
lhr law?' made him able to ~,nllnrrr.Rit,le Stitrlenl.:
from adjacent towns came and wc Illred a hall and
so had a small convention. 1Te was nlosl rmphatic
lo 1st j l l ~ eknown that lhfs messagc and ministry wtls
no small thing."
A rnther touchin reffedon on Brother Rutherford'a
neturc Is provide{ by h e ElstIon. RccnllIng her
outh, J l e writes: "We visited many times wit11 Brothcr
nlherford. On one occasion scveral of us younger
people were gathered together and Rrothcr !lut hcrf r~rd
came over t o us. We asked many questtons nl~imt
school, flag-saluting, etc., and he talketl to us a long
tlrne. When he was ready to say notl+l,ye, he held t h e
hands of all five of us in his two I I ltnnds
~
so t o v t n ~ l y
nnd he had tears in his eyes. H e was so Ira py and
touched to see us, so yamg and yet talking a l o u l tlic

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things of the truth. I've never forgotten it. Just


rother Ruaqell was l o v i n ~ we atso felt the love

L
FE
of this big Brothcc ~~utherfnrd!'

ON WITH THEl WORK!


Brother Rutherford was determlncd to press on
with the work of Kingdom-preaching. For
the guidanec uf Jellovnh's holy spirit, the BE:%$?%
had carried on a remarkably cxtcnsive campaign in
declaring God's truth. Why, frotn 1870 through 1913
tile had distributerl. 22H,25.),71D tracts and pamphlets
an$ 6,950,292 bound hnolcv. Jn the! momsnious year
1914 aIone Jehovah's scrvi1tlt8 pul out 71,2X5,037 tract3
and pamphlets and 092,,445 bound boolts. The years
1915 and 1916, hutvevcr, saw n tlccllnr! in publishing
activities because oP the expanding of World War I
and the breakdown of cqornmunl~:nllons.
In 1917,though,
the work began showlng an upward trcntl. W h y ?
The Society's new president prom tly reorganid
the headquarters ofilce In Brooklyn. Furthermore, he
acted to revitallzc the Rrld work. TFlese changes,
however, and the prop-amshe ~lt~pperl
up wcrr tliose
that 6.T. Russell hnrl h c ~ u n .Pil1:rlm r~l)rcsentativcs
of the Society were incrrnscvl from six1 y-ri~nr*l o ninetythree. Distribution of frr?r. trncls wrts nrccleratcd on
occasional Sunday8 in front 01 I l ~ orbhurchrs~ n regud
larly from housc to housa. A new fovr.page tract,
T l ~ oBibla SCrldcnts JMonLhEy, was publ~shed and in
1917 alone 28,iiti5,000 frpc copies werc distrlbutcd.
Also stepped up waa n new activity stnrtrd prior to
C. T. Russell's denth. Called the 'Pastorn1 Work,"
it mas a forclwnner of thc return d s l t s now made by
Jehovah's Christian wttncssrs. In Russell's time this
activity was Iimited to n h o t ~ l500 congregations that
had voluntarjIy elcctehd him as ihrlr pnstos, In a letter
to these he descril~edthe undrtflnlring as "ran irnpot-tant
Follow-up Work posaihlr in c-~~niil*rt~nn
will1 atldrcss~s
received a t Public M e ~ t i n ~ DRAMA
s,
F:xhlMtions, from
Colporteur Lists, PIC.--persons who su p o s ~ d l y llxve
some interest in religious mnucrr and ,En pirsumebly
worrld be more or less amenable to Ihc! Truth.
Women in Ilie congregation who weri? Intcrestecl in
performing this work elected one of their number to
serve as a lieutcnant and anol her na seerctary-treasurer.
A city was divided into trrrltorinl disttdcts, assigned
to individual sistcrs who c ~ l l 4on a l l whose names
had been supplied as Intcrcstrtl lr?rsnns. The callers
loaned books, which mrlld he read and rtu;lictf by the
borrower. "Thcn none I~ad tl~cexcuse, I have no
money; as it was a free loan," r~rnnrks Esther I.
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told that a chart talk en the '2)ivIne Plan" would Boon
be given in the district, and those manifcstlng in.

tcresr wem encouraged to attend. Af tenr~nrrlfollow-up


calls were made on individuals att~ntllng,In an sfTort
In begin a study in the first volk!rne 0 1 Slrirlk..r dtr tltn
Smiptptres, entitled 'The Divine P l ~ nof Ihr A g ~ s . "So
Ihe culmination of the program was to gather pcrsona
Illto "rlasses,"' first to hear chart talk^ and later l o

became regular groups called "Bercan Clossea."-Act s


17~10,11.
Other steps were taken b the Society's new prcsldent, J. I?. Rutherford, to re&aliae tho pronehln worlr.
Th* eol orteur service was pxpandcd. S3his fraught
the totn? up from 373 to 461 colpmrlours. To nssist
them, I n early 1917 the Socirty h r ~ a nIssuing n pnprr
called "Bulletin." It containetl pcrir ~rllcsrrvlce inst ructions from headquarters. h t c r , afrrr Ort nbcr 1T22,
t l ~ rRttlI~ti.~t
became nvailahlc mr)nthly to the H ~ t ~ l e
Studcnts i n genera1. IEventtlally it was nqy~ed "13i?.rvlor," then "Tnformant" and thorraf tcr Kingdom
Ministry.") Sister H. Gambill says that, tn limr, "it
1 1 ~ 1 1prepared testimonies ivlvllich wr! vallcd 'canvn.ssesM
tlrnt we were encouraged to rnemerizc l o use In flrld

. ..

s~rvim.M y sister-in-law
would Sollaw me all ovcr
from room to room trying t o aet cver word just
cxnct. She so wanted to get it just right," $ellectlng on
thr! fact that the Baclireth contained repnrect lestlmonlc=s,Elixsheth E h d says: "I approckted Illis, far we
(lid not have an arrangement, :Is wc now have, of n
pcrson golng along wit11 anotllrr Lo I r:dn find help
one l u become an effective publisher. This unlficd the
message going out."
As the rejuvenation campaign continued, other step
mcre taken by the Societyhs new adminlatratEon bnck
in 1917. For instance, a number of regional convcntlons
were held. These wem designcd In cmcournge thc
I3ihlc Students to press on will] their worlc and not
bccomr weary in welI-doing.
Just bcrore 1914 C. T. Russell placed emphasis on
a pul~llr:speaking program. Now it was t l m e to QTrange for further qualified speakers la reprr!scnt the
Wnlch Tower Society from t l ~ cpublic: p l ~ t f o r m ,How
was this done? The program used was i h r V. D. M.
nrl-angernenl. These etters stood f ~ the
r 1,atln woi-ds
V a M Dsi Minister, meaning "Minister of the Word of
Gocl." The program consisted of a questionnnirc ~narlc
available to both men and women nssocislcd wltll
congregations of Bible Students.
liere are some sample questions ap arlng on the
V. D. M. questionnaire. How well c o u ! you nnswer
thein? (1) What was the flrst creative act of God7

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( 4 ) What is the dlvlne penally for sin u on the


sinners? and who arc the a nneis? (01 0 1 wha! nature
was the M a n Christ Jesus from Inf~rItyto death?
(7)Of what nature is Jesus slner the resurrection; and
what is his oficial rclatlnn to Jehovnh? 13) What wjll
be the reward or blessings which will rsumtt t o the
world of mankind l111-ouy:h ohrrliencr? i o Mesdah's
kingdom? (16) H R Y you
~
tl~rnerl fi'om 6in to serve !he
living God? (17) H a v ~you mndc n full cons~cratlon
of your lift? and all your powcra.r and talents to t h e
Lord and his servir-c? (J8) Ilave you ayml-lollzed this
consscraiion by water immersion? (22) 110 you helievc
you have a subfiiantial and pc:smfinmt knowledge of
the Bible which will rcndcr you mnrc i%Ricien.tas a
servant of the Lorrl thrnu~houl the rernnil~dt~r
of your

fife?

Those submitting their answers t o the Sadetys


V. D. M. department rccetvcrl a retIy thnt incluiled

"some IFindIy suggcstlons and hlntu reg rcting their


answers. Among othcr things, L wns de&d
timt tlie
questions be ~nswercd by indhlduals in their own
words.
Explahinq matters a IIttle further, George E. Hannan wntes: Thcsc qucstlnns wpm to usrve ns R ~ u l d t ?
in determining lrtnv wrll nn !nrllvldufll unrlrrsto~rlf he
basic doctrines of the I3lbIr. Any rlrrllraflir*tlI)c!rRon who
obtained an 85.perceni rntmg wnw conslrlrrr!ll qunlrflcd
to teach. All s ~ ~ c lhrolhrrs
l
wcrc! rlunllflcrl to give
public talks and chnrl tnlka. T1.lrsc qucstlons encouraged all who assoclnted with thc Sotblcty t o read
the six volurncs of Sflrtibrs dm the Hmiptirrce, looking
up all the Smiptr~raIrrf'crences."
So it was that, as thc new president of the Watch
Tower Society, J. F. lluth~rfwrltonlc immediate steps
to accelerate the \vnrlc of preaching the good news
of God's kingdom. l3lcssi11gsfnllnw~d.The ycar 1917
witnessed increased ficld nctlvlly lo the praise of
Jellovah God.
4 1 ~NOT
0 nm PIT~XED
AX TEIE BUltNLNC) AnIONa YOU"
Not all persons wlthin tha organization, however,
were happ when J, F, rtuthcrforrl was electcd prestdent. In Let, ,leginning cnrly in 1.1, several indivlduals ambitbusly sougl~t to gain adrn1nlstrn:ive
control of the Society, Tllry lwcnrne very uncooperative,
and thus a perlad n i tlrry tesllng hrgnn, Of course,
Christians expect t o hr oppnsccl end prrsecwted hy
morldIy foes. Rut trials thnt orlfll~~nt~
witkin the
Christian organization itself nftcn Rrr unexpected and
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hardships can be borne. Peter told fellow believers:


"Bclnvcd ones, do not bc pumletl fit the burdng amon
you, wlilch 11 happening to ou for n trial. as thou&
o ~trangfithing were befallrng you. On the contrary,
~o on rrjolcing forasmuch as you are sharers in the
sufferlnps o f Ill@ Christ."-1 Pet. 4:12, 33.
J ~ h o v n hant1 his "messenger of the cov~nant"Jesus
Chris!. rnmc to jnspe3 the splrltual temple in 1918 C.E.
Jurl~menr then began with the "house of God" and a
prrir~rl of relining and cleanstnl: commenced. (Mal.
3:1-3:1 Pet, 4:11) Something clsc a l r ; ~occurred. Men
rnnnifestina the marks of an "evil slnve" came forward
anrl flgurntlvely began 'bcatinff' lhrir fclIow slaveg.
Jesus Christ had foretold l~orv uurEl ones would be
dealt wlltt, At the same time h~ sl~nrvedthat a "faithf u l and rllsr~~ertstave" class wol~lrl he in evidence,
cllsprn.uln~~ l ~ i rual
i l food.-Miitt. 24 :45-51,
' 1 ' 1 1 ~ idml i2y of the "failhful :rntl rliscreet ~ I a v
01. "ILII
I I1 IuI nnd rviss scrvanl *' ( K i v ~
Jomcs Vnaioa':
was n maHrr. of quite solno cnncrrn hack in tho~le
earfl. Much curlier, i n 1881, C. T . Russell wrote: "We
,cllcve 1l1:tt eve member o f tlds horly of Christ is
rngngecl in the Tlessecl worlc, CIIIIPI. tllreetly OI indlrr*crly, ol ivlng meat in d u senson
~
to rhr household
of inilb. ' I 8 3 0 then is that j a i l i ~ j s l and wise scruartf
whom Ills Lord ]lath made ruler over his household,
to plve illcm meat in due sen~on?Is it not that 'little
flock' of co~lsccratedservants who nrc f a l t l ~ f u l l ycarry.
Ing out their consecration vows--thr! borly of ChristnnrI is not (11ewliole body individual Iy nnd collectively,
givin:: the rnmt in due scnson t t ~thr household of
fail11 -the great company of E)c~H;~vrrs?"
So 1t was unrlcrslood that I h r "srrvnnt" God used
to dlspcnsc spiritual I o u d w : l ~:I r-IRES. WIlh the passing
of limc, Iiowcvcr, the jclcn nrlo??ctl by many was that
C. 'r;, Rusrrell. l~imsrlfwas 1110 rrlH hlul and wise servanl.. Thls led some lnto tlic ail;trll of creature warship. T ~ P fV~ l that
t
all the truth ;<HE ~ , r wfit to reveaI
to hla ~)holl~r
hnrl been prc~scnitnrl throuc:h Brother
Russcll, t l i n t nothing morv cutrlrl be brought forth.
Annir Po!:~msce writes: "This cnused a great sifting
out o f 111r)cc who chose to slay l~nt.lc with Russell's
works." I n ll'ebruary 1927 this crroncouA tl~onghithat
Russcll hlrnself was the "faitl~ful nt~d wise servant"
~ v a sulenrcd up.
SIzorrly n fter Brother Rutherford I>ee~mepresident
of the Wnrch Tower Soclety, n real conspiracy devclop~d.Thr: seed of rebellion was lnntcd and then

the trnuhlr! spread, as explained l>ero\-v,


C. T. Rl~ssell had seen the need 10 mend someone
from liendquarters to Britain to sifingthen the Bible
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He intended to send Paul S. L. Johnson, a Jew who


forsook Judaism and became a Lutheran rnjnlster
before coming to a lmowledge of God's truth. dol~~ison
had served as one of the Society's travelit~j: ~pcnkors
and was well known for his ability. Out of resr~rctfor
Russell's wish, the exccuuve committee that served
for a short tlme before Rutherford's elccklun as prt??ldent sent Johnson to England, giving him mi-tn~n
papers that would fadlitate entry into that country.
He was to learn a11 hc could about the work In E111:lnnd
and then rnnlcc n full rcport to the Soriely, l a ~ the
was t o make nu prrsonrtel changes a t the ll~.iiIs'tl
headquarters. However, his reception in F:ngh~ndrlurin
November 1916 sprrnrd ,!a warp his jeilgment
finalIy his rcnson, "until, as A. H. Macnlillnn s t n l ~ d ,
"he came to t hc ridiruPaus conclusion t h a t he was the
'stewardQof Jcsus' parable of the pe?;ny. Ile l a l ~ r
thought he was the world's high priest, In dlscourscs
to Bible Studcnts thr'ougho~tEngland, Johnst~ncllnrncterized hlmsclT as Itussell's successor, contetldlng
that the rnanttr of Paator Russell hati fallen upon him
just as Eliln11's cloak ("afXcla2 garment") Scll upon
Elisha.-2 KI. 2: 11-1.1.
Evidently, Johnson 's as rations had devdoped CVPn
earlier, for p:tlylhe Kpss cr recalls: "In 1915 I Isf
Bethel and, hr*fo!.r stnrt~ng for Arlzonn, I v ~ A nI ~ c
cou le of olcl Sricnds 1 had known for ycnla, nnd
wh8e I was Ihcrr! thry entertained a ilgrl~n,P. 6. L.
Johnson by n;trne. Snliln was already &owing 111sugly
underhanded rnmrthor!~to gain control, no Mnttrr how.
Johnson said, 'l'rl l ~ l t sto talk with you. Lrt's sit In
the Iiying room,' which we did. He comrnenrcrl by sagfng: Sistcr, wc lrnow that it is possjblc lor Tlrother
Russell to pass on most any time, but t h e Irlcntls ncPA
not bz fcarlul w l ~ e nthat happens. I cnn sir11 illin his
place and lakc rlght over without any stupplng of
the w o r l ~". ~
FVhiIc in En lnnd, Johnson endeavored to tske cornplete contml o f t h e Britfsll field of activity, w e n t T n g .
without authodty, to d~srnlsscertain rncrnbers o the
London l~cndquarlcrss l nu. So much con f u s i o ~resultrd
~
that the branch oversecr complained t o Br'oll ~ c rRuthrrford. In turn, Rutherlord ap ointed a commlsdon of
several brothers In TAonrlontvxo were not mt.rn11rr.g of
the headquartrrs staff. They met, heard ant1 wrlfihed
the facts anrl recomrnendcd t h a t Johnson hc rrrnllcd.
Rutherford told Johnson to return. Instead of (loing
so, Johnson sent leiters and cablegsams c h n r ~ l n gthe
committee with bins, and also trying t o justlfy his
course. S e e k l n ~to make his position inrlispcnsak>le in
Britain, he Improperly used the documents rurnbhed
him by the Suclcly nnd Impounded its funds In thc

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London bank. Later it became necessary to take court

action to have these monies freed.


Johnson finally returned to N w York, w h m he
persistcntl attempted to persuade d. F. Ruthcrford to
senit him 6ae1c to ~nglanri,but l o no evnil. Thinking
Rulheriord was not t h e right man for lllc positinn,
Johnson was sllre that he himsclf ought to hc. t h e
SLwirty's president. He sought to Influ~ncethe hoard
of tlirpctors. By making it appear that I3rothcr Rulherfnrtl was unfit as president, Johnson prreundcd four
nf rhe seven board members to side wlt h I ~ i r n . 'l'l~r?
four npposed the Society's president, vlctl-pmslrlrnt nnrl
sccfetnry-treasurer, and the dissident dirrv'tor.';sotiy(tit

wrrst administrative control from tlit! prcsid~nt.


J. F. Ruthcrford hcId meetings with the oppasers and
Wed to reason with them. A. 11. Mr~crnlllnnsays that:
lo

JtutlirrPorcI "cven came to severnl of t t s nnrl nskrtl,


Shall I resign as prcsident and la those n p p o s f n ~
ortrs tnke charge?' %Ire a11 replicrl, 'nrothrr, thr 1-01 tl:
(11 you where you are, and to msim or quit waultE
pc disloyalty to the Lord.' Furtherrnoi-c, the nflirf fnrrc
Illrp~tcnedthey would quit if these men cot ront~+ol."
At an extended session of the Society's 1917 annunl
mceting, the four dissident directors trled to present
a rcsslution to amend the bylaws of thc Society. Thls
waa a design t o place administrative powers in Ihc!
hanrls of the board o f directors. Slnce this was con.
trnly both lo the organizational arrnngcmcnt In vol;iie
rlurlng Ilrother Russell's presi(1ency ilnrl to t h e wlsh
or t l ~ rstrnrchald~rs,RuXhtarfor(1 rukd Ihe mollon nut
ar order anti tllc plan was fuilrtl. Oppositton p;ot s l l f f r c
thcr.r:~Slcr, b t ~ t tl~cl'c wcrc some clcvclopm~.nts thc
oi~punr~ti
t s nrvcr tlxpccted.
'4PHE FINIMP8rnPP
Througl~outhis entire administrallon ns the Saelety's
prrsldcnt, Brother Russell, along wit11 the vlcc.
~>lrsidcntand secretary-treasurer, had made decisions
fil~otit new publications. As a group, the bonrtl nf
tlirrrtor.s had not been consulted, Rutherlord follnwcd
t h e same olicy, Hence, in the courae of tlme Ihr!
Sucicty's t ree officcrs made a fnr-rcnching decision,
C h a r l e ~Taze Russell had written ~ l xvalurnos of
llddrlcnnicll Dawn, or Etudfcs in t h Slcdptrc~ea,
~
but
often spoke about writing a seventh volume, "'Whmever I find the key," said he, "I will wrlte tlre Scvenlh
Volume; and if the Lord gives the I i ~ yto someone clsr,
he can write It" The Society's omcers arranged to
Ilave two Bible Students, Clayton J. WootFworth and
Gcorge H. Fisher, compile a book consisting of com-

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rnentaries on Revelation, T h e Song of Solomon and


Ezekiel. T h e coeditors ~ssernbtcdrnaterlal from Brother
Russell's writtn a ant1 this was puhlisherl under the
T Mystcryl' ns Ihr! scvrntll volume
title "The Finis.red
of Strtdies i ~ the
t
Srl-~ptrrru:~.
Uonlrtinin~ largely the
thinking and cclmmenrs crf C. T.Russell. I; was lcrmed
the "posthumot~sworlc of Pa8tor Russcll.
By about mid-1917 it was time to r;?ease the new
boalr. That significant day was July 17. C was on duty
in the [Broolrlyn Rclhell dlnln room when the phone
rang," says Marlin 0. Robin. w
' e were getting ready
for the noonday meal. X was the nenrcsl one t o the
phone, so I answcrrd it. I3rothrr f t ~ l t h c t f ~ rWas
d on
the other end. 'Who INthrrc! wlth you?' he asked. I
answered, 'Louis.' Fit! said t o comc to his study quickly,
and '13on't bother to knock! A stuclc 01 boolw was
handed to us, with ortlcrs to put one nt cad1
setting and get i t done bcfore the iarnlly arrivef%
the noon meal." Soon thr cIining room was fllled with
members of !,he BeZheI family.
"As usual, mntlnues Brother Bowln, "thanks to
God was given. Thcn It slnrted! ,
Flcadcd by
.
P. S. L. ~Ehnson,. . this ~lrmonstrationagninst dear
Brother Rutherford b c ~ n n . I IurlCng vlrlous rl~arges
loudly, they walked bsrk nntl forth, RlnppinE only at
Brother Rutherford's izil,le io shaltr thcl r flsis at him
and furthcr dcnolinee hbn.
. . All i l ~ l slasted for
about five homhs, Then Pveryone got up horn the
tnhle with all. the dishes ancl n lot of untouched food
still on the tablc, t u I)c cleaned up b brothers with
fit"? clergy wiih which to accomplish it.r1
This incident revcal~d that some members of the
Bethel family syrnpntl~betlwith t l w opposers. Lf such
opposition conlinucd, rwcntunlIy I t wo~zlcl disrupt the
entire operation of 13rthrl. So J. F. rtuttrcrford acted
to correct t h c situation. T1101l~hflllly acquainted with
t h e legal structure of the Soc~ety,1futhrrfol.tl had consuited a prominent corpnmllnn lawyer In Phjladelphja,
Pennsylvania, concernlny: t lir slnlus of Z ho Society's
board of direciors, 'l'he written opinlon rcceived disclosed that the four rlissid~nts were ~ i o legal
l
membcrs
of the board, W 11 y not :'
C. T, nuss@llhad np olnted those men as directors,
but the Soelctyls chnxer r ulrrd that directors be
elected by vote of l l i c s h a 2 o l d c r s . Iluti~erfnrd had
told Russell that appolnlecs had to be confirmed by
vote at the following nrinunl mcrllng, but Russell never
took that step. So, only the omcrrs who I~ad heen
elected at the Pittsb~rr~h
nnnunl meeting tvere duly
constituted bvard memhrrs. Thc four appohtecs were
not legal members of the board, Rtrthcrford knew
tkis throughout the period of trouble, but had not men-

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tioned It, hoping that these board members would
discontinue thdr opposition. However, their attitude
showed that they were not qualified to he directors.
Rightly Rutherford dismissed them and appofntcd four
new board members whose appointment could he
confirmed at t h e next general corporation mcctfng,
early in 1928.
Brother Rutherford did not summarily d l d s s the
former directors from the Christian organi~ation.Instead, he offered them positions as pilgrims. TIrey refused, volu~~tarilyleft Bethel and hegan sptlcading
their opposition by an extensive spe~kiny!and Ertterwriting campaign throughout the United States, Cnnarla
and Europe. Conseqo~ntIy,aflcr t!ic summer of 1!)17,
many con(:r'cgations of Eible Students WEIT con~poscd
of two parties-those loyal to J~lrovah's organitstron
an? others u-ho had hecome spirjIunlly drorvsy and
had fallen victim to the smooth talk of the opposrrs.
The Iallcr became uncooperative and would not unEa e
in the work of preachng the good news of ~ 0 t h
I<ingdom.
FIMTIE m a y s TO GAIN ~ONIPROL
The op osition group that had recent1 left Bethel
thought t\ey
would be able to emtrol
Bible Students* convention held at Boston, Massachusetts, In
August 1911. Mary EIannan,, who was 371 att@nclnncc
nt that assembly, reports: 'Brother RutherFord was
alert to this effort on their part and did not give
them an opportunity to get on the platcorm at any
time during the sessions. He actcd as the cliairman
all t h e time." The convcntlon was a thorough s~icccss,
to Jehovah's praise, and the opposers were unabla
to disru~t:it.
J. F. Rutherford knew that the annual co oratton
meeting of January 5, 3918, wouId afford the dfPssIdents
another chance to get control. He was mnsonahly
sure that the BibIe tudents in general did not favor
such a move. Yet, they would have no opportunity to
express themselves a t t h e election, sinre It was a
matter to be handled only by members of the l e ~ a l l y
constituted corporation, the watch Tower Blble and
Trzct Society. So, what could Rutherford do? I-Ie could
give all of Jehovah's dedicated ser-vants an opportunity
to make expression. Accordingly, The TVatdt TOWCI*
of
November 1, 1917, suggested that a referendum vote
be taken by each congregation. By Dcccmher 15, 813
congregations sent in their votes and the poll indicated
that 10,869 of the U,421 votes were for J. F. Ruthcrford as the Society's president. Among other things,
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members of the boarcl of dlrectorfl as reconstituted


in July 1817 were prcierred over the rebellious indlvirluals who claimed to bc buard members.
At the annual shnr~holders'meeting on Sqturday,
January 5, 1418, the scvcn indlvlduals receiving the
highest nurnher- of votes were d. F . Rutherfard, C. EL
Andrrscn, W. E. Van Amburgh, A. H. MacrniFIan.
W.I.;. SplP1, J. A. Bohnet and George 1-1. Fisher, Not one
or the olrponents R L ~ ~ C in
P ~establishing
P ~
hlrnself on
$he hnarrt. TIlc ofitrrs of the Society were then elected
from t h duty
~
chossn bonrd menlhers, J. F. Rutherford
rcwivlng nlI thr? votes rnst for president, Charles HH.
Anilcrson nll of rllosc f o r vicr?.presiden: and W. E.
?,a11 Arnbtrr h all the votes for scurctary-treasurer.
I!~orcfol.c,IRcse mrn were duly e l ~ o l e das oITrccrs o f
the Socldv. The opposers' attempt to gain control
Il;ld hrrn foiled cornplctrly.
Faithful onps and oppnsers now were beyond reconcllistion. T h e oppnsillun group form? an *entirely
Repara?,@ organizrttion headed by a Committee of
Scvcn. Sepi~ratfr~n
certainly was complete by March
2(j, 1!)1&, whcn I l l r ! nppoacrs celebrated t h e Memorial
o f Christ's c!rnil~? n1.L from thr! faitllful congrcgnlions
ol GorI1s ~ I I ~ I P .
unll y aT those forming thc oppuslllon group W;IS ~ h t'~-Ijvcrl,
o
I~owev~r,
lor al their
convcnlion i n the surnmcr 01 191s differ~nces arose
a~ltl n split occurred, P. S. L, Johnson o~~ganizcd
a
group wilh hendquartcrs in Philadelphia, Pennsylvanfa,
W~I(!I'R 111: publl~lledI l ' l ~ oPre~arct T?-tttl~,
uad rliieratd of
t!Arial'~ Ijl'$rfglbtr?~.ft.
There he rcma~ned,cizamcter~zlng
hirnqclf ns "unrll~b sront high pricst" until his death.
Furlher rllssmslon i - o m 1018 onward cnuscd division
until the ot.l~lnnldissirlent group that had seqaraled
from the W;btc.h Towcr Soctcly disinteglnated Into a
number ~f s c h i s m ~ l i csects,
hlnn who wlthd~ewIn the y e w s fatlawing the death
of C. $. Russell tlzd not actively oppose thelr former
Chrlstlnn nssncintcr;. Xomc r c l u m ~ l .repented o f their
artlons and nssocinted with God's people once again.
?'his was a little of severe testing, as Mahel P. M
Philbrlck Intltc;ltcs in stating: "My own sorrow mas
*rtLatns 1 rcnIized thnt my own father and dearly
fnvctl slcpmatl~cswho had been in IIne for the l ~ e a v e d y
p r i ~ rwcre fnllrl~g away. Many efforts were put forth
:ant3 many t r a y s sZ~cd until I got my bearings, for I
wcll kncw Zhnl one who lost h ~ scrown had no Life t o
look Sorwnrtl to rmywh~sr.The tl)ought of second
tlculh Sor 1Ilurn secmerl unl~earahle.However, one day
in prayrr Jrharah gave me much comfort as I fulfy
began to want Ills will, to be done, SuddenIy I began
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than m y own and that if he didn't count them $vor'chy


of life, I couldn't hold on to them either, for m y father
and mother were no different than someone else's
father and mother. From that moment on I had peace
of mind."
Not only did those who separated from Jehovah's
faithful servants in those days break up into sects,
but, in most cases, their numbers dwindled and their
activities became inconsequential or ceased entirely.
Surely they are not fulffIling Jesus' commission to his
followers to preach the good news in all the carth
and make disciples.-Matt. 21:14; 28:19, 20.
I-Tow many forsook true Christianity during the
critical years of 1917 and l918? An incomplete carth.
wide report shnws that t h e Memorial of Jesus Christ's
death on April 5, 1917, was attended by 21,274. (Due
to difficulties inside and outsIrlc the organization in
1918, attendance figures were not gathered that year.)
At the Memorial celebration on April 13, 1919, a partial
report gave an attendance o f 17,961.Though incornpleie,
these flgures make it: clear that far less than 4,000
had ceased walking with their former associates in

that would follow it. As part of the tract-distribution


campaign, widely advertised public lectures on the
same subject were delivered on that very day.
How would you Iike to distribute a tract like that?
C. B. Tvedt admits that he 'wilI never forget that
particular day,' and states: "It was a most bitter cold
day. But the message I was distributing was surely
hot. . . I had a thousand of these papers to distribute
under the a artment-house doors and occasionally directly to tngviduals as I would meet them. I cannot
deny that I preferred to make distribution under the
doors, for I: realized that this was a fiery message and
would result in explosive repercussions."
By late 1917 and early 1918 The Finished Mystwy
was being distributed in increasing numbers. Angered,
the clergy falsely claimed that certain statements in
this book were of a seditious nature. They were out
to :'get" the Watch Tower Society and, like the Jewish
rehgious leaders when Jesus was on earth, they wanted
the State to do the work far them. (Compare Matthew
27:1, 2, 20.1 Both Cathol!~ and Protestant clergymen
falsely represented the Bible S t u d ~ n t sas being rn the
employ of the German government. F o r e x a q l c , referring to the work of the International Bible Students
Association, a legal agency of God's people, Doctor
Case of the Divinity School of Chicago University
published this statement: "Two thousand dollars a
week is being spent to spread their doctrine. Where the
money comes from i s unknown; but there is a strong
suspicion that it emanarcs from German sources. In
my belief, the fund would be a profitable field for
government investigat~on."
"This, stimulated by similar charges from other
nominal churchmen, evidently had something t o do
with Army Intelligence offiwrs seizing the books of
thc Treasurer o f the Spciety," said T h Wc$ch Tower of
April 15, 1918. It continued: "The authorllies doubtless
thoughl: that they would find some evidence t o substantiate the charge that our Society is working in
the interest of the German government. Of course, the
books disclose nothing of the kind. All the money used
by our Society i s contrrbuted by those who are interested in preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ and
his kingdom, and nothing else." Nationwide newspaper
publicity about seizure of the Society's books tended to
excite suspicion.
February 12, 1918, was a marked date for God%
people in Canada, The Watch Tower Society was then
banned throughout that land. A public press dispatch
stated: "The Secretary of State, under the press cem
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S THE CRPCIIBLE
During 1917 to 1919 the Bible Students were also
objects of an international conspiracy fomented pard
titularly by the clergy of Christendom. Thk: P i d s h ~ d
Mystmy, seventh volume o f Shldaes za the Scriptures,
reused their clerical ire. Within seven months of
this publication's initial reIcase it was enjoying unparalleled circulation. The Saclety's outside prjnters

wcre busy on the 850,000 edltion. By the end o f 1917


the book also was avaiInble in Swedish and French,
and translation into other languages was lander way.
On December 30, 3917,mass distribution of 10,000,?00
copies of a new issue of the four-page, tabloid-size
tract The Bible Students- Monthly began. Entifled "The
Fall of Babylon" and with the subtitles "Anaent Babylon a Type--Mystic Babylon the Antitype-Why Christendom Must Now Suffer-the Final Outcome," It contained excerpts from the Seventh Volume, with very
pointed references to the clergy, On its back page a
peared a graphic cartoon depicting a crumbling wafi.
Some of its stones bore such words as "Prot@stantism,"
"Eternal. torment theory," "Doctrine of +the trinity,"
"Apostolic succession" and "Purgatory." With Scriptural
foundation the tract show+ that the great majority of
the clergy "have been unfarthful, disloyal, unrighteous
men" who were more responsible than any other class
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possession in Canada of a number of publications,


amongst which i s the book pnblshcd by the International Bible Students Associatlon, entitled STUD^
IN Tam SCRIPTURES-The Finished Mystery,' generally known as the posthumous publication of Pastor
Russell. 'The Bible Students Monthly,' also published
by this Association at Its ofice in Brook1 n, New York,
i s also prohibited circulation in Canada. $he possession
of any prohibited books Iays the possessor open to a
flne not exceeding $5,000 and five years in prison."
W h y the ban? Tho Winnipeg, Manitoba, Tribune
shed some light on that, in saying: "The banned publications arc alleged t o contain seditious and anti-war
statements. Excerpts from one of the recent issues
of 'The Bible Sludcnts Monthly' were denounced from
the pulpit a few wceIts ago by Rev, Charles G. Paterson,
Pastor of St, Stephen's Church. Afterward Attorney
General Johnson sent to Rev. Paterson f o r a copy
01 the publication. The ccensor's order i s believed to
be the direct result."
Mot long after the clergy-Inspired ban in Canada,
the international nature of the cons kacy became
evident. In February 1918 the ~ n l t e zStates Army
Intelligence Bureau in New York city began investlgating the Watch Tower Society's headquarters. Not
only had it been intimated falsely that the Society
was in contact with the German enemy; it had also
been reported lyingly to the United Stares government
that the Sodety's hcadquarters in Brooklyn was a
center for transmitting messages to the German
rcgime. Eventually tbr public press reported that
government agents had seized a wireless apparatus
erected and ready for us? at the Bethel home. But
what were the f a c t s ?
In 19E C. T. RusseIl was gtven a small wirelegs
receiver. Personally he was not too mterested in it,
but a small aerial was erected on the roof of the
Bethel home and some younger brothers were glven
opportunity to learn how to operate the equipment.
However, there was not much success in picking up
messages. Whcn the United States was about to enter
the war, it was required that all wireless instruments
be dismantled. So the aerial was taken down and the
poles were sawed up and used for other purposes, while
the instrument itself was carefully paclred away in
the Society's Art Room. It had not been used at all
for more than two years when two Army Intelligence
men were told about the outfit while in conversation
with a member of the Bethel family. They were talcen
to the roof and shown where it was formerly. Then
they were shown the instrument itself, all packed away.
By consent, these men took it because there was no use

for it at Bethel. The apparatus was a recduer only,


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message anywhere.
Opposition and pressure continued to mount against
Jehovah's people. On February 24, 1918, J. F. Ru+erford delivered a public Iectuw a t Los Angeles Cabfornia, to an audience of 3,500. The morning thereafter
the Los Angeles Tfibacne printed a full-page report
of the lecture. This aroused the indignation o f Ioeal
clergymen. The ministerial association held a meeting
on Monday rnornfng and sent its president to the
managers of the newspa er, dernandln that they

explain why they had puflished so mu$ about the


lecture. On the following Thursday, the Army Intelligence Bureau took possession of the BibIe Students'
Los Angeles headquarters, also taking many of the
Society's publications.
Monday, March 4, 1918, saw the arrest at Scranton,
Pennsylvania, o f Clayton 3, Woodworth (one of the
corn ilers of The Fi~~nshed
Mysteryl and several other
brotEers. They were falsely charged with conspiracy
and were put under bond for an appearance for triaI
in May. Furthermore as outside pressure increased
rapidly against the Sbciety, more than twenty EIble
Students were detained in army can,ps and military
prisons because of being denied mlhtary exemption.
Some of them were court-martialed and sentenced
to long prison terms. On March 14, 1918, the United
States Department of Justice termed the distribution
of The Finished Mgstery a violation of the Espionage
Act.
A counteroffensive by God's people-that was a
nccessity. There. must be exposure of the cler
fomented opposition to the Christian work of the Bi%c
Students. Hence, on March 15, 1918, the Watch Tower
Society released a newspaper-size, twc-page tract,
Kingdom N m ~ sN o . 1. It bore the bold heading "Religious Intolerance-Pastor
Russell's Followers Persecutcd Because They Tell the People the TruthTreatment of Bible Students Smacks of the 'Dark
Ages.' " This tract did indeed expose the clergy-inspired
persecution of Jehovah's Chyistian witnesses in Germany, Canada and the United States. Millions of
copies were distributed.
Interestingly, this tract said: "We recognize that the
United States Government, being a pollticaI and economic institution, has the power and authority, under
its fundamental law, to declare war and to draft its
citizens into military service. We have no dispos~tlon
t o lnrerfere with the draft or the war in any manner.
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take advantage af the protection af the law, haa been


used as another means of persecution."
Kingdmn News NO.2 appeared on April 15, 1918. It5
strking hearlline,&read "'The Finished Mystery' ant1
W h y Su pressed. Under the subheadinF: "Clergymen
Tahe a &and.*' this tract showed that the clercy encouraged government apncies tn harass the Sodety.
ma!w arrests, object to T h e Fi?zi811ednfvstmy and prrssure the Bible Students to cut certain pages 1247-2533
from that volume. Also, the tract explained why rlercymen opposed Jehovah's servants, and it clarifinl tllt!!r
stand on war, as well as their belipf ahhut the true
church.
A petition mas circulated in connection with dlsM*
but~on of this Kingdom Nmrs. Addressed t o UnStd
States President Wilson, it rrnd: "'\t'c, t h e undersigned
Americans, hold t h a t any intcrfcrence by the clcrgy
wil h inrlependent Riblc study is intolerant, un-Americ;ln
arid un-Christian; and that any attempt t o comhinc
Church and State is radically wrong. In the intrrrst
of liberty and religious freedom, we solemnly protest
against the suppression of The Finished f i f ~ j s t m ynntl
,
petition the Government to rcmove all mstrictlcms ns
to its U s e , that the peoplc m a y he permitted wJthaut
interference or molestation to buy, sell, have and r e ~ d
this slid t o Bible study."
On May 1, 1918, just six weeks after the flrst Kingdom News, K i n s d m News No. 3 was released, bearing
the headhne ':Two Great Battles R?ying-Fall of Autocracy Certain" and the subtitle Sxlanic Strategy
Doomed to Failure!' This issur dealt with the Sccd
o f Promise versus the seed of Satan the Dcvll.
(Gen. 3:153 It traced t l ~ cdevelopment or (he antlchrist
from its birth to the current tlccrJs ol the Catholic
and Protestant clergy. Boldly this tract showed how
the Devil used such agents in an effort to destroy the
remnant of Jesus Christ's anointed followers on carth.
Courage was required to distribute the issues of
Khtgdom News then published, S o n ~ eBible Students
were arrested. A t tirnes supplles of Kr?tgdm~~,
New#
were confiscated temporarily. Though they found thcrnsclves in a crucible of opposition anti persccziilon,
Jehovah's servants maintained faithfulness to God
and continued dohg their Christian work.
B 3 C R o m sa
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A m t i e s were committed against Jehavah's ser.


wants as clergy-laity oppos~tion increased. Givlng a
parlid re ort of the unbelievable ersecutions experienced gy the Bible Students, a Paler publication
of the Watch Tower Society said, in part:

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"Aprtl 12, 1918, at Medfard, Oregon, E. P. T a l i a f e ~ o


Was mobbed nnd chased out d town for preaching
thc gospcl and George R. Maynard was striplped,
pnlntrrl and driven from town for permitting Bible
sludy in Ills home.
..
"Aprll 17, 191X, at Shawnee, Oklahoma, 6. N. Fern,
W r g c M. Brown, L. S. liogers, W. F. Glass, E. T.
Grleln and J, T. Tull were jailed. During the trlq the
Pt.c~ticcutlngAttorney sald, 'To hdl with your Blble;
you o u ~ h to
t he in hell with your back broken; you
r)ugi~tto be h u n ~ . 'Whcn G. F. Wilson, of Oklahoma
City, fil tcrnptcrl to act ns counsel for the defense he
also was arbrrstctl.l h c h was fined $55 and cosrs; offense, distrlbutlny: Prolustnnt E l f erature. The trial judge
cnvouragcd mob a c l j ~ ) nfollo~v~ng
t h e trial, but the

~nol>swrrt? Ioll(:tl,
"A ril 22, 1018, at Khgsvllle Texas, L. L. Davis
anrl %nnicl Toole were cl~ascdby a mob led by the
Mavor nncl a County Judge and subsequently caught
and ailftl wltllout a wm'r*ant. Davis was forced out
of h s lob. Jn Ma
1918, at Tecumseh, Oldahoma,
J. J.
was srixepnnd inearccratcd thirteen months
In nn in.unn(n nsylum hy Ihe oriler of n ,Turl~;e,after
Ihrrrilminl: klnrl nhusc. ITk fnmlly was not atlvised as
to whnt 11:id brvn done wlth hlm. . .
"Mnrch 17, 1918, nt (:rant1 Junction, Colorada, a
merting I'or Blhl~!sturlp was brolcen up by a mob cornpos~tlo f the Tulnyor, lcndi~ignewspaper men and other
proinincnt bu~incssmm. .
"April 22, 1918, st Wynnewood, Oklahoma, CIaud
Wntson wa8 flrst jailed and then deliberately released
to n moh rornposed of prcncbhcrs, business men and
a h:w otllers tkiat knoclced him down, rnused a negra
to whlp hlm and, wllen he had partially recovered,
io whlp him a~mln.They thcn poured tar and feathers
nll uvcr him, ruhhlny: the tar lnro his hair and seal .
April 29, 1818, at Walmt Ridge, Arliunsa, W.
I,uncan, 61 scars o f age, Edward French, charlei
Frankc, a Mr. GrEffln and Mrs, D, Van I-Toesen were
jailed. The jail wns brolrcn into by a mob that used
thr most vile and o ~ s c c n elanguage. whipped, tarred,
fllntltcrcd and dl-ovc thrln f r i m town. Duncan was
cornp~lIcdto wnllc twenty-six miles to his home and
bnrrly recoveretl. CrSflln was virtually ,,blrnded and
tlictl, from thr? assault a few months later.
After all thest? years, T, H. Sjebenljst remembers
well what ha)')pcned to hta lather fn Shathick, Okra-

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Wl"lt~,s:

"In Septeml~crof 1917 I started to schod and all went


well until al,o~~tMarch when all schootchllrlren were
raquircrl i o buy a nod Crass pin, X took the note home

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at noon. Dad was at work and mom could on1 read


German at that time. However, Brother ~ o i v y e t t , a
piIplm brotlrer, was visiting ihc 'uln~s*and hc 100k
cart! of the matter. N o pin was bought!

in a chicken coo camouflaged with Rhode Island


~ e hens
d
and iolkge.11
Recalling an Incident that occurred In those days,
Brother D. D. Reusch writes: "At the home of the
Re2d family, the books were $tared out of sight outdoors at the Tear of the house and, R S the olice a p
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"It was shortly after this that Ihc omdalis picked


up dnd at work and i r L d l o makc him stand on t l ~ c
book Tks Fiaislwd Myststery and saluIe ~ I I P 1113
rjpllt on Main Street in Shaltuelc. He wns i n f ~ ; ' ' ~ ~

., .
"Shortly after

jnh

this dad was ickdd up ngaln and


hold another three days. This t h e Ile was fed very
littlc. His release this tlmc was tinothrr story, hhoul:
mir[nl~Iiithrce rncn aimltlxtcd n jiill ' h w a l ~ l r ~Thhy
.'
1,111 a sack nvcr dad's hear1 nnd mnt-rhrd hIrn to l l i o
wcst wlqc of town l~arpfootcd.?'his wns ~.aughterrnii~
tttirl TLIIL of sanftl~drs.I l r ~ elhcv stt'ipl)(~c'aI~im l o IIIP
~rnis! :!nd whipped him with a'brrgpy nrltlp that 11:1ct
n wtrt! a t the tip. Then IIrcy app1lt:rl 310t tar nntl

f~atIlcl.,s,leaving I:tm for dead. Iir ~n:inagcdlto fct r i p


and walk aud crawl around to1v11 taw\rd ,he souhea:.t.
'L'hcn Zle jntcndcd to Iread north ant? Irnmo. 1Io1~~(~vrr,
n
friend of his found him and l~rc~lrght311rn I ~ n ~ n rI.
nvvcr saw him that njgllt, but it wits n trri~lhlrshoclc
l o mom, especially with a tiny 1snl)y I I I t h r b hozrsr.,
nnd Grandma Sichenlist fainted when s l ~ csnw him. My
bmthrtr John had been born only n fcw d n y ~I)cfo~~r!
ull of tMs happened. However, mom hd(J, u under nll

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tho strain very well, never losing slglit


Jc~hr~~~nh'a
prateclfvc power. . ,
"Gmndma and Aunt Kalic, dnd'a half sister, begun
nursln~him back to life. Thc tar nnd fcnlhcrs were
imhcrldcd in Elis flesh; so tllcy ~iscrl~ooscgrmar to
Ileal LID the wounds and ~rarlur~lly
thtr I n r nimc off. . . .
Dad never saw thefr fntrs, but t ~ c ! rrcclgnlzed their
vrjiczs and lmew who his assnilanis w\vcLr4~
IIc n w w
told tBc?m. In fact. It tvas Ii:u,l In grt lilm ever to
I:11lc about it. Yet, he ca~ricdIlltxit? srars l o 131c ~:r;~ve."'

''OAlJTIOUS AS SERPENTR"

The banning of The Finisltecl M ~ / s t s rand


~ certain
otller Christian publications l a ~ ~
Jehovah"~
d
servants
in difficult circumstances. llowevor, lhcy !lad C o d
liven rvorlt to do and thcy carrird on wit11 i ~ pPOvinR
,
hlemselves "cautious as ser ents and gel innocsnt ;is
~lovas.'' (Matt. 10:16) ~ccor&gly, ni fllncs Blhlc study
alds were hidden in various l~larcs-pri-haps In nir
atlic, or the coal bin, under floor boards or In eut-nrture.
Brother C.W. Miller telh us this: "As our home was
the local Bible Student head uarters at this tlrn~,
brothers m u i d mmc at rnidnlgqit in r truck to bring
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neared the hiding gite. Just then a huge drift of snow


fell from the roof, cornplctely covering that area."
' r n r n G I . TICOURLW

BY DEuREE''

snlrnlst a ~ k e d :"Will the terone


ou while r t i s
causing a d v e r s l t i ~ ~
ge nlllcd with
framing trouble hy rlccrce?" (Ps.?&:20) Jehovith's
servants always oh!y all the laws of Zhc nations that
are not out of harmony with thc laws of God, But, as
might be expected, when tl~ert!is n conflict between
the demands of m e w mpn and the lnws of Gocl, ChrisCenturies ago the

tians take lhc apostolic

osltion nnd "obey God as

ruler rather than men." ?Acts 5:291 Somelimes good


laws are misapplied In an crort l o stop their work.
In other instnnres, it,cs surcrt:d In hnvinl: cler.res
passed lhat worlc Injury to Gotlk people.
The Sclcctivc J3rnfl Act was ~nsnorlI)y the United
States Congress on Junta 15, 1!114. JZ 'I,rovldcd for the
conscri tion ol rnnnpowcr hut n l ~ ofor c~xcmptlon of
men w l o , becnusc of reli~iousbclicfs, could not engage
in war. Many young men throughout the country wrote
to the Watch Tower Society, asklng Jud e Rutherford
what course lhcy shollld purruv. Hr kter said r e
gardlng this: "I was rlslrecl Zly mRny youn men in
the country as + o whnl murae I hey should t&e in this
regard. In every 1nst~nc.cmy nrlvice was to !Iris effect,
gic-en to young mest tvho r~qucstrtCIt, to rvlt: % you
cannot conscientiuusly cnpngr In war, Scction 3 o f
the Selectjve Draft Act rnnjrcs pn,v!slon for you to file
a plication for exern tion You should re~ister and
fife your application
ckrm tlon, s ~ l f l nforth
~
the
reason, and the draft Iloard w f l pass on your application.' 1 never dirl rnorr, tlinn lo advise f h ~ m10 take
advantage of the act of Congress. 1 a2wa s inslstcd
that evezy citizen ~llouldohcy thr! law of 1 le land as
long as that Iaw was trot in contltcl witti God's law."
Back in the World War I cra a defltiite conspiracy
against Jehovah's scrvnnta CRme to Hgllt. In furtherance of it, many clergymen held a confc:raenceat Philadelphia, Pennsylvnnia, In 1917. They there a ointed
a committee to visit thc notion's cnplfal, ~as~~?ngt'nnton.
D.C., and insist on a revlslon of the Selective Draft
Act and the Espionage Act. The committee callcd on
the Department of .Justice. At the Instance of the

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clergymen, a member of the department, John Lord


O'Brian, was selected to repare an amendment 50
the Espionage Law and %ave It introduced in the
United States Senate. This amendment rovided that
all oflenses committed in violation of t&e Espionage
Law should he tried by a military court and that the
death penalty should be inMcled upon those held
guilty. However, the bill did not pass.
A provision hnotwl as the 'Trance Amendment" was
introduced at the time that Congress undertook the
amending of the Es ionage Law. This amendment
exempted horn the Bct.8 .provision any person who
uttered "what i s kuc, wlth good motives and for
justifiable ends.
However, on May 4, 1918, Senator Overman had a
memorandum from the Attorney General put in the
Culzgrcssional Record (May 4, 1918, pages 6052, 6053).
It stated, in part:
"The opinion d the Military Intelligence Branch is
entirdy adverse to the amendment to the espiona e
law to the effect that section 3, Title I, shall not ap&
to those who ulter, 'wksft is true, with good motives
and for juatifiablc ends.
"Experience teaches that such an amendment would
to a large degree nullify the vaIue of the law and
turn every trial. into.an academic debate on insoluble
riddles as to what rs true. H u m a n motlves are toa
complicated to be discussed, and ihe tmrd yustifiable'
is too elastic for practical use. . . .
"One of the most dangerous examples of this sort
of propaganda is the book called 'The Finished Mystery,' a work written in extrcrndy religious language
and distributed in enormous numbers. The only effect
01 It i s to lead soldiers to discredit our cause and to
inspire a feeling at home of resistance t o the draft.
"The Kingdom News, of Brooklyn, prints a petition
demanding that: restrictions on 'The Finished Mysiery'
and similar works should be removed, 'so that people
may be permitted, without interference or molestation,
to buy, sell, have, and read thIs aid to Bible study.' The
passage of this amendment would reopen our camps
to this poisonous inff uence.
'The International- Bible Studentap Association pretends to the most religious motives, yet we have found
that its headquarters have long been reported as the
resort of German agents.
.
'The passage o f this amendment wodd greatTy
weaken American efficiency and help none but the
enemy. Resdts, not motives, count in war, therefore
the law and its executors should be concerned xvith
procuring desirable and preventing dangerous results,

leaving motives to the mercy of the judges of to the


perspective of historians,"
As a consequence of these efforts by the Department
of Justice, the amended Espionage Act was approved
on May 16, 1918, without the "France Amendment.+'

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"W'H KNOW HOW !W GET POW,


WE ARE aOIhTG TO I30 IT!"
Around this time, some young men associated with
the Bible Students were called f o r military s@rvSlCe
and, as conscientious objectors, had been sent to Camp
Upton on Long Island, New York. This camp was
supervised by General James Franklin Bell. Ile vislTed
5. F. Rutherford at his office and sought t o induce
him to instruct these men to take whatever service
RelI might assign them, whether across the sea or
elsewhere. Rutherford refused, The general insisted
and Anall$ Rutherford wrote a lettel; which said, in
essence: Each one of you must decide for hirnseu
whether he wishes to engage in active rniIitary service
or not, Do what you ronsider to he your duty and
w h ~ l~ Z I right in the sIght of Almighty God." This
Ictlcr did not satisfy Bell at all.
h few dnys Inter, J, F. Rutherford and W. E. Van
Arnbur~hvisited Gencrnl BrlI at Camp Upton. Eell, in
the presence of his aide-de-camp and Van Amburgh,
told Rutherford of the Philadelphia conference of
clergymen. He mentioned their selection of John Lord
O'Brian to present matters to the Senate, resulting in
the introduction of a bill to have all ,cases against the
Espionage Law tried before a mrhtary court, with
death as the punishment. General Bcll "showcd considerabIe heat, according to Rutherford, who reported:
"Before him on his desk lay a package of apers, and
with his index finger he tapped thege an#, directing
his speech to me, mth real feel~ngsard: 'That bill did
not pass, because Wilson prevented it; but we know how
to get you, and we ctre go%wg t o do dt!' To that statement 1 replied: General, you will know where to
Rnd me.' "
DEATEU3LOW PO% "TWO WITNESSES''
After early October 1914, Christ's anointed fol~owers
proclaimed that the Gentrle Tunes had ended and that
the nations were approaching their destruction at
Armageddon. (Luke 21:24; Rev. 16:14-16)These fiyra.
Ilve "two @tnessesV declared thw mournful message
for the nations for 1,260 dnys, or three and a half
years (October 4/5, 1914, to March 26/27, 1918). Then
the Devil's beastly political system warred against

(:ad's

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far as their tormenting work of prophesying "in sackcloth" was concerned, to the great relief of their religious, political, military and judicial foes. (Rev. 11:3-7;
13:l) That was the prophecy, and It was fulfilled. Rut

sent $500 t o the mana er of the Swiss branch of the


Society at Zurich. ~ a &brother arrzugned was held
over on bail of $2,500 for each of the indictments. They
were released on bail and appeared in court on M a y 15,
1918,The trial was set for June 3, 1918, in the United
States District Court lor the Eastern District of NFW
York. The brothers pleaded "not guilty" to both mdlctments and considered themselves completely innocent
of all the charges.
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how?
On May 7, 1918, the United States District C o w
for the Eastern District of New York ~ssueda warrant
for the arrest of certain rincipal servants of the
Watch Tower Society. Invoged were President J. F.
Rutherford, Secretary-Treasurer W. E. Van Amburgh,
Claylon J. Woodworth and George H. FJsher (the two
compilers o f The Finished Musterul, F. PI. Robison (a
member of the Watch Tower editorial comrnittce),
A. W. Macmillan, R. J. Martin and Giovnnni DeCecca.
On the very next day, May 8, 1918, those of this
group who wcre at Rroohlyn Bethel were laced under
arrest, Eventually all were in custody. saortly thereafter they were arraigned in Federal Court, Judge
Garvin presiding. All of them were met with an mdiclrnent previously returned by the Grand J u q ,
charging them with
"(I, 3) The offense of unlawfulIy, feloniously and
wilfully causing and attempting to cause insubordination, disloyalty and refusaI of duty in the military
and naval forces of the United States of America, in,
through and by personal soHcitations, letters, public
s eeches, distribution and public* circulation throughout
United States of Americv of a certain book called
Valurne S e ~ e n ~ C ~ ~ ~ ~STUDTES-The
rnmn
Finished
Mystrry'; and distributing and publlcly ckculatin
tl~rouchoutthe UniIcd Stales eertam articles presentej
fn pamphleis calletll 'B~ELESST~JDENTS
MONTHLY,
TI^ WAETI TOJVER,'KTNCDOU NEWS' and other
pn~nphlolsnot named, et cctera;
"(2, 4 ) Tlie offense o f unlawfully, feloniously, and
wiliully obstructing the recruiting and cnllstment service of ,?he United States when the United States i v a s

at war.
Principally, the Indictment was based on one paraa h in The Finished M y s ' t e r ~ . It read: "Nowhere
t\e New Testament is Patriotism la narrow-minded
hatred of other peoples) encouraged. Everywhere and
always murder in its every form is forbidden; and
yet, under the guise o f Patriotism the civil governments of earth demand of eace-loving men the sacrifice
of themselves and their
ones and the butchery
of their fellows, an!, hail it as a duty demanded by
the laws of heaven.
Brothers Rutherford, Van Amburgh, Macmillan and
Martin faced a second indictment of txading with the
enemy, based on a dafm that the Xodety's officers

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hearings, t h e defendants filed affidavits showing why


they felt Jud e Garvin was biased against them. In
time, United bates District Sudge H a r I a ~ dE. H o w e
was brought in to preside at th% trial. According to
A. H. Macmillan, although the defendants were unaware of Howe's views, the government lmew that he
'%ad special prejudice in favor of the prosecution of
the law and against the defendants charged with
violating it." Macmillan also stated: "But we were not
left long in the dark. From the Arst conference of the
aitorneys in the judge's chambers before the trial
11ry:nn 111s onfmosity was manifested, and he indicated,
'I'nq going lo glvt! I hcsc! defcnrlants all that is cwrnlng
l o thr111.Y-Inwcrvcr, I I was now 100 late for our attornrys 10 IEIc nn nnld:rviL
prcjudlce on the part
uf I lib judge."
Macrnillan said that the indictment as originally
returned chargea that the defendants had entered into
a conspiracy sometime between April 6, 1917, when
the United States declared war, and M a y 6, 1918. Upon
motion the government specified that the date of the
alleged offense was between June 15, 1917, and May 6,
1918.
SCENES JN T H E COURTROOM
The United States was at war. A court trial of
Bible Students on a sedition charge thus attracted
great attention, What about public sentiment? It favored anything that would further the war effort. Out.
side the courtroom bands played and soldiers marched
around nearby Brooklyn Borough Hall. Inside the
courtroom the fiileen-day trial wort? on, piling up a
veritable mountain of testimony. Why not step inside

and witness the proceedings.

A. H. Macmillan, one of the defendants, helps us


to sense the atmosphere, f o r he later wrote:
"Durin5
the trial the government safd that if a person
st00
on the street corner and repeated the Lord's prayer
with the intent of discouraging men @om joining the
army, he could be sent to t l ~ epen~tentiary.So you can
aeo how easy it was for them to Interprei Intent. They
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h g , and so they acted against us on that balsis even
though we testified that we never at any time conspired to do anything whatsoever to affect the draft
and never enmuraged anyone to resist it. It was all
t o no avail. Certain religious leaders of Christendom
and their polilical <allies were determined to gef: us.
The prosecution, wth consent of Judge Kowe, a~med
for conviction, insisting that our rnotlve was irrelevant
and that intent should be Snferred from our acts. 1
was found guilty solely on the basis that 1 countersigned a checlr, the purpose of which could not be
determined, and that I signed a statement of fact
that was read by Brother Rutherford at a board meeting. E v ~ nthen they could not prove that it was m y
signature. The in,justice of this helped us later in
our appeal"
At one point, a former officer of Ure Society was
w o r n in. After looking at an exhibit bearin
signatures, he said he reco nized one as that of%!y
Van Amburgh. Here tho &anscript of Record reads:
"Q. 1 hand you Exhibit 31 .for identiflcatlon, and
ask you to look at the two slgnahrres or purported
signatures, of MacMillan and ValnJ Amburgh, and ask
you first as to Van Amburgh, if in your opinion that
is a mimeograph enpy of hi$ signature? A. I think
it is. I. recognize it as such.
"Q. MY. MacMitlan's? A. Mr, MacMillan's is not so
recognizable, but I think It i s his signature."
Concerning the defense presented by those on trial,
Brother Macmlllan later wrote:
"After the Government had completed its case we
presented our defense. In essence we showed that the
Society is wholly a rcllginus organization; t h a t the
members accept a9 their principles of belief the holy
Bible as expounded by Charlca T. Russell; that C. T.
Russell in his l i f e t h e wrote and published six volumes,
Stud&s 4?t th-8 ,Scriptures, and as early as 1806 remised
the seventh volume which would treat Ezehel and
Revelation; that on his deathbed he stated that some
one else would write the seventh volume; that shortly
after hls aeath the executive committee of the Society
authorized C. 3. Woodworth and George HH.
Fisher to
write and submit manuscript f o r consideration without
any promise made concerning publication; that the
manuscript on Revelation was corn leted before the
the manuscript
United States got into the war and
of the entire book (except a chapter on the Temple)
was in the hands of t h e printer before the enactment
of the Espionage Law; hence, it was impossible for
any such conspiracy as charged to have been entered
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"We testifid that we never at any time combined,


a g m d or conspired to do anything whatsoever to
affect the draft or interfere with the Government In
the prosecution of the war, nor did we have any thought
of 80 doing; that we never had any intention o f interfering in any manner with the war; that our work
was wholly religious and not at all political; that we

did not solicit members and never advised or encouraged anyone to resist the draft; that the letters
written were to those whom we knew to be dedicated
Christians who were entitled under %e law to advlce;
that we were not opposed to the nation gorng to war
but as dedicated Christians could not engage in mostai
combat."

But not eve hM saia and done at that trlal was


open snd abov%arf Maanillan later reported: "Some
of our people who were attending the trial later told
me that one of the attorneys for the Government had
gone out into the hallway, where he talked in low
tones t o some of those who hpd led the opposition
within the Sacfety* They said, Don't let that fellow
IMncmllIan] go; he's the worst of the bunch. Re'lI
ktxp lhlnga aamg If you don't get hl~?lwith the others.'"
ltcmcmhrr ihnt at ihls time ambitlous men had been
trying t o get control of the Wat.tr1i Tower Society. No
wontlcr llutherford later warncd brothers left in charge
at Bethel: "We are advised that seven who opposed
the Society and its work during the past year altended
upon the blal and lent aid to our prosecutors. We
warn you, beloved, against the subtle efforts o f some
of them to fawn upon you now in an attempt to get
hold of the Society."
FjnalIy, after t h e lengthy trial, the awaited day of
decision arrived. dune 20, 1918, at about 5:00 p.m.,
t h e case went to the jury. J. F. Rutherford Iater recalled: "The jury hesitated a long while before rendering a verdicl. Finally Judge EIowe sent ward in to
them that they must bring in a verdict of 'GuiIty,' as
one of the jurors aflenvards stated to us." After some
four and a half houys of deliberation, at 9:40 p.m.,
the jury returned with their verdict-"Guilty."
Sentencing took
ace on June 21. The courtroom
was full. When as& if they had anything to say,
the defendants did not respond. Then :ame the sentence by Judge Howe. Angrily he said: T h e reIigious
propaganda in which these men are engaged is more
harmful than a division of German soldiers. They have
not only called in question the law oficers of the
Government and the army intellfgence bureau but have
denounced all the ministers of a11 the churches. Thefr
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It was. Seven of the defendants were sentenced to


eighty years in the penitentiary (twenty years each
on four counts, to run concurrently). The sentence for
Giovanni DeCecca was delayed, but he ultimately received forty years, or ten years on each of the same
four counts. The defendants were to serve their sentences at the United States penitentiary in Atlanta,
Georgia.
The trial had lasted for fifteen days. Testimony
recorded had been voluminous and the proceedings
often unfair. In fact, it was demonstrated later that
the trial contained over 125 errors. Only a few of
these were needed by the A pellate Court eventually
t o condemn the whole procefure as unfair.
"1 went and suffered through it a11 with the brothers
as they were subjected to this unfair ordeal," comments
James Gwjn Zra, who was prcsent as an observer.
He continues: "I can still see the judge refusing
p o t h e r Rutherford an opportunity to make a defense.
The Bible doesn't o in this court' was his comment.
I ~ t a y e dwith Broger M. A. Kowlett in Bethel that
night and about ten o'clock word came that they ha$
been convicted. They were sentenced the next day,
Despite their unjust convictions and the severe sentences they had received, Brother Rutherford and his
associates wew undaunted. Interestingly, the New York
Tribune of June 22, 1918 reported: "Joseph F. Rutherford and six of the other 'Russellites,' convicted of
violation o f the Es ionage Act, were sentenced to
20 years in the ~ A n t npenitentiary yesterday, by
Judge Howe. 'This is the happiest day of my life,' said
Mr. Rutherford on his way from the court to the
jail, Yo serve earthly punishment for the sake of
one's religious belief is onc of the greatest prhileges
a man co~tldhave.' One of thc strangest demonstrations
that the Marshal's Ofice in the Brooklyn Federal Court
has ever seen, was held by the families and intimate
friends of the convicled men soon after the prisoners
had been taken to the Grand Jury room. The whole
company made the old buiIding ring with the strains
of "lessed Re the Tie That Binds.' 'It is all God's will,'
they told each other with faces almost radiant. 'Some
day the world will know what all this means. Meanwhile, let us be thankful for the grace of God that
has sustained us through our trials, and Iook forward
to the Great Day that is to come!"
While their case was on appeal, twice the brothers
tried to obtain bail but were thwarted, first by Judge
Howe and later by Judge Martin T. Manton. In the
meantime, they first were held in Broolrlyn's Raymond
Street jail, "the dirtieseat hole I ever got into," according

to A, & Macrnillan. Clayton J. Woodworth jocularly


called it the "Hotel de Raymolldie." !That unpleasant
week-long stay was foIZowed by another weelr spent
in the Long Island City prison. Finally, on the fourth
of duly, United Slates Independence Day, the unjustly
condemned men were sent o n , their way by tram
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1WES REJOIUE
The incarceration of thcse Christian witnesses of
Jehovah was a figurative deathblow, much to the
delight and relief of their enemies. Fulfilled were the
words of Revelation 11:10: <'And those dweIling on
the earth rejoice over them and enjoy themselves,
and they will send gifts to me another, because these
two prophets torme~ltedthose dwelling on the eartlt"
Religious, judicial, military and political foes of the
"two wilnesses" did "send gifts" to one another, in
that they congratulated one another for the part
they played in gaining a victory aver their tormentors,
In 111s hook Prsaclwr* Present Arms, Ray H. Abrams
considcrcd the trjnl of J. F. Rutherford and his asm
sucfnlrs and observes:
"An analysis of the whole case leads to the conclusiun Zhtll the churchcs and thc clergy were orfginaIly
behind the movement to stamp out the Russcllites. .
"When the news of the twenty-year sentences reached
the editors of the religious press, ractically every
one of these publications, great an8 small, rejoiced
over the event. I have been unable t o discover any
ivords of sympathy in any of the prthodox religious
journals. 'There can be no question, concluded Upton
Sinclair, that 'the persecution . .
sprang in part
from the fact that they had won t h e hatred of "orthodox" religious bodies,' Witat the comblned efforts
of the churches had failed to do the overnment now
soemcd to have succeeded in accompli&ing for themthe crushing of thcsc 'prophets of Baal' forever."

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OHTBnSM D E S P m 'BABYLO'NISII CAP!LTVFJT'

From 607 to 537 l3.C.E. the Jews languished as captives in ancient Babylon. Comparably dedicated worshipers of Jehovah anointed with his holy spirit were
brought into a Babylonish captivit and exiled during
the World War I period of 1914-I&!% Especially were
the depths of their captive state felt when the eight
faithful brothers from the Society's headquarters were
incarcerated in the federal penitentiary in Atlanta,
Gcorgla.
But ciurlng this entire period of dlElculty, not one
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An appointed editorial committee kept the ournal in


clrmlation. Furthermore, despite the ha ~ h l p s encountwed at that time, the attitudes displnyctl by faithful Gihle Students were exemplary. I3mtlirr T. J . Su1l I v ~ nremarked: 'Tt was my privilege la visit nrooklyn
ISnll~elin the late summer of 1018 durin I h c hroilicrs'
Incm.r3el*ntion. The brothers in chrtrgc
I hc work nt
I!rtl~el were in no wise fearful or downl~esl-tcd.In
Incl, Ihe reverse was true. They rverc o llmistlc and
c o ~ l l l d ~ that
n t Jehovah would give his paop% tilo L l C t O N
ulllrnalely. I mas privileged t o bc nt the I,rcnl<ln!;l:
Inhle an Monday morning when the brollsrs scrrt out
on wcelccnd appointments gave their rrporia. A fina
picture of the situation was nblnincd, In cvery cnse
1t1e hr~tlierswere canfidcnt, w:iillng for .Jehovah l o
dit4crt thrir activities furlhcr."
Interc:;ting;ly, one morning after the trlal 01 Brother
Rutbrbrford and 1Eis assixi;ttes, R. 1.7. Barher rccclvcd
n t~:t11 from liuthcrford askin him to come to the
13ennsyl~rnniaStadan, rvhcre IRe I,rotl~crrs were waitIna lor several hours for a through Irain to AtInnln.
Rrother Barber and some others r u s h ~ dto llle stalion.
Tlicrc Brother Rutherford said that if lllr h~.othcrsat
hr:ldquarters were harassed loo much hy the polfrr,
Il~t?yshould sell Bethel and tlic Brrlolrly~lTa be~~nnrlr!
and move either to Philadelpllia, I-lflrrlshurg n r Fitisburgh, since the Watch Totvcr Soclrl'y was H. Pcnnaylvnnlx corporation. Prices of $GO,oOO for Bethel and
$29,000 for the Tabernacle were sur:gcscrd.
Tlnw rlid matters turn out? Wrll, t hnsr Ihcn in char e
of Lile Society did encounter many prohlcrns. For
stanrc, there were shortages nT [)nptar and coal.
Patrioffsrn ran lugh and many Irn111~l1pcfyvicwcd
debovah's Christian rvitnrsscs as traitill's. Tn Brooklyn
Ihere rvas great animosity n ~ a i n s t1 1 Sorlcty,
~
and I t
nppcared irnpassihle to con1 inur! opcsnl ions thcrc.
I I ~ n c e ,the executive committee that rl-:rs in char^^ a t
hcndquarters consulted with otl~cr hrolticrs and it
lvns dccidrd Zhnt it was best to scll Ihc BrooIcI 11
7l'at,ernacle and io close thc Bethel Romp. ~ v e n l l l n $ y
thr Tabernacle was sold lor $16,000,accorrling l o R, 1-1.
r3nrbrr's recollection, Later, all. ncrt%sary Arrange
mcnts for the sale of Bethel to the Eovwnmenl. w r w
niadc except the transfer of cash. But sornethinc
inlcrferrd-the
armistice. The sale npvcr wns Sully
accomplished.
August 26, 1918, however, had begun the transfer
of the Society's headquarters from BroolcTyn, New
York, ta Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. "As 1 look back,"
comments Haze3 Erickson, "I can see that though
the Bible Students were stunned because of the broll1-

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ers' havin been hpdaon&, they never stopped witnesstng. ~ R c ywere just n bit more mul~ous,perhaps:
Sister H. N, S. Dixon rrcnllerl tlrat "the Iaith af the
hiends remahed strun onti ihc meetings were held
regularly." Jehovah's C%lstlan wllncssrs r.onlinued to
display faith in God. Truc, they r v ~ r l ! in n crucible
of hardship and perscmttlon. Yet, God's holy spirit was
upon them, If only thcy auld cndure, surely the
Divine One would savr them from their pcrsccutors
~ n dgrant them rlclivcranr-c! from Ihclr state of
Babylonish captivity'!

!WE MON?ICHB IN PRISON


By mid-1918 3. F, Rutherford and his seven associates found tI~ernselvesin the fcdcral penitentiary
at Atlanta, Gmrgln. A letter w r i t t ~ nby A. 1.1. Macmillan on August 30, 191S, cnaldes us to look behind
those prison walls. A copy sttbmitted by MeMn P.

Sargent reads, in part:


"No doubt you would lifrc a word as to our condition in prison. I will briefly tell you a few thfngs
ahout life Iliercr. Rrnltler W o ~ w f l r i hand X 'cell tokthrr.' Our r t k 1 E Is \?PI rlrtin, wrll riirrtl nnd lighted,
A i s nhorlt 10 x 6 x 7
has lwn hr*rlhs with straw
l~cks,two shcc:ts, Mnnkrta :inrl ~>illr,ws,two chairs,
a inMe tlnd plcnty ol' ulcnn tr~welsanrl soap. We also
have a cabinct in which lo keep our Inilel ~rticlea.. . .
"hll the brethren worlc toacther in the tailor shop.
This room b a well.aired, well-lighted room 60 x 40
Ifeetl. Brother Woodworth and I malcc buttonholes and
sew buttons on shirts ntlrl prison suits. Brothers Van
Arnburgh, Robison, Fisher, Wart in nnrt Rut l-ierford
make, o r rather help rnaltc, prison conts anti pants.
About one hrrndrecl mpn In ~ l work
l
In this dcpartmcnt. From the flaw I work, 1 c*n~tme all thc bwtIrl*en,
and I assum you ji Is interesting to mr! Drother Van
Arnburgh a t a seidng nlachln~, sewing s m m s t h a t
juin the eastern and wesicrn portions of n pair of
inusers together. . , Brotl~erRutlicrford almost gave
up Jiope of ever learning how to put a. coat together.
I don't think he has Iinist~cd one yct although he
has been at work about three W ~ P I T S . d h e n I: look at
him hc secrns to be husy, but. I really Illlnlc he spends
most of his time trying to (tirend i t nccdlc. [A guard
dealt so unreasonably with him (hat soincx other prisoners took the jacltct rind cornptcled it. Eventually,
Brother Rutherford was rrnnsfcrrctt t o u place where
he was morc 'at home1-the 1fbmry.l , . .
'The first thing we do after reaching our celk
after supper i s to read U1e af trrnoon papers. Then for
an hour, six to sevcn, everyone who wishes to m a y

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play on any musical instrument he may have. What:


a variety! 1 think that they play at every kind that
js made except the Jew's harp, and 1 am thinking of
getting me one of those, as t h a t is the only tlling that
I can play except the ten-stringed harp. During thia,
that Brother Woodworth caIIs 'Dante's Jnferno! \v@
play dominoes. After this we read the Datms or B b l c
until Scdtime, at 1 O : O O p.m., when the lights go out.
T h e next day we do the same thing, and so on until
Saturday. On Saturday afternoon all the Inmates go
out into the yard. There Is a hrseball game which 1s
well played, in which the men take a dccp intcresl.
1 usually spend the afternoon playing trnnis. T l ~ c
other brethren walk around tallring. The different
classes of men gather if? little groyps-anarchists,
socizlists, Counterfeiters, moonshinr~rs, pro.Gcrrnans,
bank cashiers, lawyers, druggists, rlortors, Zrnln rohbrrf;,

EXPltEBSIONB OF GONFmENCE
T l ~ sarmlaricc was sfgmed on Novembr 11, 1918, and
World War I cnmc tn 12s end, Rut the eight Bible
student^ were still In rlson. These they remained
while their fellow helzvers held a convention in
1
1
' ttshurgh, Pmnsy hanln, January 2.5, 1919. This asscmhly was combined with t h e very significant annual
rnct.llng of t h IVatch
~
Towrr Rible and Tract Society
on Snturrlay, Janttnry 1, 1919.
J. F. Rutherford lralimrP that at thk corporation
meeting opposers wt lht n I he organization would try
to have him nnrl thr other sfllcers of thc Society re~ Y a w dIby men of lhcir chofw. That Saturday, January .%,
A. 1-1. hlsornll~nnwas playing out at thc prison
tcnnIa court. Rutl~crford npproachetl: him, and, acrnrrllng to Macmlllan, Ihlcr is what took place:
"'Rutherford snld, 'Mac, I want to talk to you.'
"'Whnt do you want to tnlk t o me about?'
" "I want to tnlk to you about what's going on at
P l t t hury:hmt
~
" 'I'd lfke to play tilts tournamwt out here.'
"'Arm't you I n t c r ~ ~ t r tIn
l whnt's goln on? Don't
ou Imow it'n thc clretion o l olllcrrs turlay! You might
re Jp~orcilnnrl droppctl and wc'll stay ere forever.
" 'I3rolhcr nuthsrrord,' I aald, 'let me tell you somethin^: perhn s you helvcn't Ihaught of. T h i s is the first
t l m ~slnec !he Sorlciy was Incorporated that it can
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burglars, ministers (of whom there are n ,n00(11y


number), etc., etc., etc. TRc prison hand plays scvtwl
selections during the afternoon!'
T h e eight incarcerated Eible Students had o portunities to preach the goad news of God's hlngfarn t o
other inmates. All rlsoners were rcqulrcd to attend
~ h a p ~service
l
on unday marnfng and those so dcsiring could remain for Sunday school thereafter. PI(!
rlght brothers formed a class for study ant1 fcllowshlp,
In time other inmates joined them and the hrothrrbe
took turns teachlng the class. Some of the omcers evcn
drew near to listen. Interest increased until nlnrty
pcrsons were in ait~ndancc.
The transforming power of EQCI'B
truth had a profound effect on some of the inmates. For cxnm le, one
rernarkeri: "I a m seventy-two years of agc, on# I had
to get behind prison bars In nrdrr to hrnr the truth.
I am glad for this reason that 1 was scnt to the
penitentiary. For fifty-scven years 1 have aslced qucs.
tions of the ministers, and never mulcl get satisfactory
anslvers. Every question 1 asked thcsc men l l h e irnprisoned Bible Students] has been ilnswercd l o my
sat isfactbn."
The Spanish influenza then was raging and thb
brought the Sunda school classes to an end, However, just before txi eight Bible Students w m ro.
leased from t h e Atlanta pmitentiary, all the groups
they had instructed were united and J. F. Rutherford
spoke to those assembled for about forty-fiveminutes.
Some offcers were present, and many of the Inrnalcs
shed tears o f joy over the hope of liberty to conlc
for mankind under Kingdom rule. When frecd, the
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to hnve as prcaidmt.'
" 'Whftt do ynu lnrnn by that?'
'' 'I mean fhnt Erothpr nusscll had a controlring vote
and he nppointed t h ~dlffercnt offfcers. Now with us
werningly out of commission the matter's different.
nut, if IVC got mtf: In tlmr to go up to that assembly
la that husiness m ~ c t l n g , we would come in there
nnd would br ~cccptcclto tnkc Bmther Russell's place
with the sanle honor hr rec~ived.It might look then
like mnn'.s work, not God's.
"Ruthprford just looked thoughtful and walked
away."
T h n t wns an eventful day at Pittsburgh. %en
the
hour ,,nrrived for the huslney mecttng, tensions were
high, recalls Mary Hnnnnn, W e ohsellred that some
of the opgosltlnn were present, they hoping to get
thplr man In nflice."
A letter from Brother Rutherford was read to the
amllenc~.In It hc sent love and greetings to all and
wnrned against Satan's chlef weapons of pride, ambltlon ant1 fear. Shnrzulnga clcaire to submit to Jehovah's

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Wl?, he wen humbly suggested sult8ble men in the


event that other officers ~f the Socfeiy sllould be
elected.
Blscuaaion had continued for quite some t h e , when
Bruther E. D.Sexton spolce up, saylng:
"I just arrived. M y train waa forty-clght hours I n k ,
having bccn snowbound. 1: I~nvc?somcthlng 10 say
nnd fur my own comfort 1 beltcr say It now. My dear
br*cthrcn,
have come here, a s tlse balance of you
hnvt?, with certain ideas In mind-pro nnd Con. We
might sn with all due respect to our lcgnl friends,
that we tavc been talkln to some other lawyers. 1
find lhcy are very much ?fkc docrum. Thcy disagmc
~;<~rnelitncs,
nut I csume what I sny w i l l Ile in perftwl n ~ m c m c n t th wltnt thry hrivr! .raid. There Is
i ~ olt?[:i~l ob~laclein thc way. Ti? wr! dcslrc to reelect
our ht.rthrcbn in the South lo any oillcr! they can hold,
1 cnnilol scc, or find fmrn any :~dvlccI have rec~ived,
Ilow 1111s will, in any shape or fonn, Intr!rferr with
t h c nspcet of their case before tIlr 17edcl.nl Court or
beiorc! !he public.
"I beIIcve that the greatest compliment we can
to our {tear Brother Rutherford would be to
him as prcsidcnt of the Watch Totvcr UibIc and Tract
Soclecy. T do not think there 1s any qurstion In the
mind of the public as to whcm we stand on the
proposition. Lf our brethren In any way technically
violnted a law they did not undcr~tand,wc know their
motives urn good. And before A l m l ~ h t God tliey have
~~cill~~r.
violnl~dany law of Gorl or o r m : l n . We could
innnif~stihc greatest conflrlcncc if wr rerlr1clcd Urotlier
Ruthrrford as president 01 t l i ~A ~ ~ t ~f4!11.
~litt
"I am net a lawyer, but whcn It cornc8slo the legality
of thc situation I know sonlrlhfng n h u t the law of
the loynl. Loyalty is what Corl dcrnnnda, 1 cannot
Lnngfne any greater confldrnct? wc coulrl manifest than
to h:~vr!nn clcftion and rcciect 131a0(.1~(m1'
I i ~ i t J ~ ~ r fUoS~ d

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prcairlcnt."

Tl~crc were nominations, a vote was taken ana


J. F. Rutherford was elected as president, C, A. Wise,
as vice-president, and W. E. Van Arnhurgh, as secretarytrcusurcr. Loolung back, Anna K. Gardncr remarks:
"TRcir was a deep happiness nfter tlint mcctlng to
see a ~ a l nJehovah s visible guidance nl his people."
The scene changes to Atlanta pcnjrcntlary. It i s Sunday, ,Tanuary 5, 1919,J, F, Rulherford raps an Brother
Mtlcmlllan's cell wall and says: 'Toke your hand out!'
At Ihal, he hands Macmillan a telegram. Its message?
Rutherford has been reelected prrsjdcnt. Laler that
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want to tell you something. You made a mark


ycst~rda that fs working in my mind about our being
put in Krother ~ u s s d ~place
s
and wr would have
lnilucnccd iI~celection if we had Reen In Pittsburgh
nnd the Lord would not have had the chance to #how
whonl hc wanted. Wily, brother, if X ever get out of
hcl-c, by Gorl's grace I'll crush nll thls buslness of
cwaturr worslli . What's more, I'll tnkc illc A n ~ g e r
o r 1 ~ ~ 1 1 and
1,
rip the innards out of ,pLi Bnilylon.
They got 11s in here, but we'll gct out. ILuthrrford
ancant it. From the time of his release dnwn to tiis
clrnlh In ~ n r l y1942, he carried out t h a t promfsc hy
i-xpnsfng the wickedness of false religion,

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EFFOltW M SEOURE RELEASE

In February 1919 nationwide agitatlan was ~tarted


by certaln newspapers to bring nl~autthe rcleass of
J. F. Ilutllcrford and his incarccrnlcd associates. 'J'llou-

sands of lcttcrs were written by Ihc Rlldc Students


la ncws1,aprr editors, congressmm, scnntors nnd govcrnors, u r ~ j n gactinn in behalf of Zhr? c f ~ l ~lrnprisoned
t
.I'I~rlsllnns, M a n y who rcccived such rrrlucsls made
i~xl~rrsslons
in favor of thr rclmsr nnd Inrllr.ntcd that
I11c.y wr~rll(ltlo somcthina to l~clp.
P'nr Instnnrle, n lrttcr Irom CongrcRumon E. W.
Snunrlrrs o f Virginia rend: "I am In recclpt ni your
lrltrr rrlnling t o the case of thr R i h k Stuclcnts now
in ronflncmcnt st Atlanta, I beg to sny that I favor
the pardnn of illese men, and will bc vwy glad to
join I n a reeommcndation to that ~ffcrt.Thcsc people
mc not criminals in the ordinary scnsc nf Ihe word,
though thry may h a w been guilty of n tccllnlcnl violatian nf Illr law-* Gut t h e war is ovr-r now, and we
ought to try t o put it beyond us as rapidly as posslblc."
And Mayor XLer~ry W. K i d of Saint Louis, Missouri,
wrutc to Unitcd States President Woodrow Wilson,
slating: "Alllow me to add my indlvklual. rcclucsl to
Ihost? alrendy forwarded to yuu asking that Mrssrs.
Rutherford ct. al., of the Intcrnatlonnl Bll~leSlutlcnts
Association l>e admitted to bail pcndlng n final decision of their case by the higher rourts, n n i i f pop
sihle that pardon lw granted in t h ~ s rrasps.
March 1919 saw a new etSort to srrure t h e release
of nrothcr Rutherford and his assnrlntcs. A nntlon-

wIdr
rtltion was circulated and In n short time
?OCI,OO~"slgnntures were obtainmi. Tht! pet [tion was the
lnrflcst Jn its timc. It nevcr was pwscntcrl to Prcaldent
Wilson or the government, howcvcr, kcnuso Wore
Ihnl accurrcd action had been talren ta release the
eight Blble Studcnts. Nevertheless, the pctitlon served
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work with that petftlon, Sister Arthur


says: "Of course, we had all klnds of experlences. Some would sim gIndly and wt! could give
? wllncss, while others were hostile and would say,
Let Ihcm stay there and rot." Orrllnarfty thjs would
]lave h r m humiliating work, but, we fclt Jehovah's
snlrit was directing us; so we cnjoyrrl ir, all and hcpt

such persons in conlhement after thefr opportunity


for rnaklng trouble is past. Their FaSP has not yet
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Re ardlng
L. cfaus

right on to the finish!'

I&lm%am
FROM

PRISON

On March 2, 1919, the trial j u d g ~T"Pd~!rfll


~
DhWCt
J u d ~ e11-IarlandB. Howe, sent a telrpnrn to Attorney
Gcnrrnl Gregory in Washington, I).(:., recommending
"lmrnarllnte commutation" of t h p srtntmcrs Im >oscd on
F l i r rlc11L Imprisoned 13ible SLutlmts. C:rrh~ory !lad sent
IIowc 11 trlo1:x;im requestfn~I bnt 11e ~nnltr!this move.
11 11r1pr!nrfi t fiat this stop wns tnltr!n hc!r:msr! the inc.nrctbi.:~lcd brothers had mtrrccl nn appcr~lnntl neltller
Il ~ cat tortley general nor IIowe cleslrud to 41ave this
vase go to the higher courts. (Thr! r b l g h t brothers were
111 rlson wllile t h e t r appeal was penr!lnE only because
JU&&
Nowe and ialer Judge RIanlon had cienlctl bail.)
Jntrl-eszin
too, was Judgu Howcts lrltur of hqarcll 3,
1910, LO i f e attorney general. 11 rcod:
"The Honorable Attorney General,

"Wnslifngton, D.C.

&#sir:
"Anewerlng your telepam of the l a t lnst., I wired
you thttt ~ v r n l n gas ~ o ~ T o ~ v s :
'"'nccmmm~ntnd Immedlatc commuinibn for Joseph
Rutl~c!~+for.rtl,
William E. Van Ar~~hurgh,
Rohcrt J. Martin,
J.'rctl I I , Robison, George W. ln7isllrt*,CInyton 3. Woodworth, Glrlvrlnni DcCccvn, A, 1I u ~ hhlncm31Inn. They
werc nII rlrlfvndnnts in samc cnsu In 1~:nsIcrnDistrict
of Ncw Umnlc.M y position 1s t o br: gencaihousnow that
Ihc wnr L ovslh.They did rnucli clamam? by preaching
nntl publishing their religious doclrjncs.'
"The severe sentence of twenty yeara rvaa Imposed
upon each of the defendants except DcCecca. Ills was
ten years. hly principal purpose was l o makc an example, us a warning t o others, and I bellcved that the
Presftlenl would relieve them aftel' Ihc war was aver.
As I sald in my telegram, they did inucl~dnmagc and
it may well be claimed they ouelit irot to be set at
lilxrly so soon, but as they cannnl do any more harm
now, I am in favor of being aa lcnlent ns I was severe
iln imposlng sentence. I l~clicve most of them were
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*'Rsspeetfully,
(signed1 J-IARI,ANI, B. HOWH,
Unitrrd Btntea District J ~ t d g @ . ~
On March 25 1919, United Stntca Su reme C o w
Justice Louls D. Brnndeis ordercd hail E r the elght
Imprlsoned brothers and directed thnt thry should h e
lven thc right to an appeaI on April 14 of that year.
hcy wrre r~leasedpromptly anti on Tuesday March
23, [hey left Atlanta penitentiary by train. back in
nrooklyn on March 26, 1919, federal nutIioril~es relrascd llle brothers on bail of $10,000 ench, p ~ n d i n g
f urlhrlr trial.

AAPPP IFOMEU0MTNQ.t

'There w a s great joy among the brothem on being


notlfletl of their release and they were resent to
welcome them home:' recalls Louise ~ a n s e \ , adding:
'"Thry quickly arrnn ed f o r n
Zm-iquct at the
1lrllrt.l Irornr- in 13rookfyn. I rcmernlwr m y Inthey went
to Ilroolrlyn to hclp get thr! rrlnrnr4 rta:uly,,t~nd share
t l l ~ l rjoy 111 welroming thc brothrl..r h:tcblt,
W h ~ nt hnppy time that was! Mntlel ITnrrlett writes:

"1 rcmcmhor making a hundred rlouglti~i~ls,


whlch the
brotlmrs scemcd to enjoy
1 clan still se0 Brother
Rutlmrford reaching out f o r them. It rvns nn unlorgettnhlr! occasion as he and the o t h e ~ srrlated t l ~ ~ exir
perimces. I also remember short-staturrd Brother
rlrC'ccca standing on a chair 80 that a11 could we and
Zicar him." Giusto Bat'tako remarks: "A d~lcltendinner
wns prcpared and there were so rnanv nf 11s that tve
hnrl to slnnd up to eat. Then what n thrill i n hear the
c*xperlmccr;of the brothers! . . . Onc ot the Ihlngs
Rihothcr PeCecca said was, 'Brothers, thc grentcr t h e
Iroul~lc!, the greater the blessing! Ant1 truly I could
src? dchova11's rich blessing upon His penplo."
On the evening of April 1,1919,nnother banquet was
held iw tho released brothers by the Wntch Tower
office force at Hotel Chatham In Pittsburgh. T. 3.
Sullivan observed: "The joy that came lo Jehovah's
prnple with the release of our brothers from the
Atlanta Federal Prison on Tuesday, March 25, 1919,
lrncw no bounds. , , TheIr further d~votianto Jehovah
was shown in the fact that they immcdtately set to
work to herald forth to the people of God everywhere
thc lrnowledge of Jehovah's deliverance, by means of
the 1919 Cedar Point convention."

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(MMPLETEI E X O N ~ X I O N
The case of the eight Bible Students waa due t o he
heard on a peal on April 14, 1919. They then had n
hearin h g r e the Federal Serond Circuit Court CJC
at New ~ m l rcity. On May 14. 1919, their erroneous convictions were reversed. Then p r c s i d i r ~were
~
Jud es Ward, Rogers and Manton. Judge Wnrd satti
in LRe o inion when remanding the ease f a r rctrial:
"The d&ndmts in this case did not have thr tcnlpel-ate and impartial trial to which they were ~ntttletl,
and for that reason the judgment is reversed."
Jud e Mart+ T. Manion dissented. On J d y 1, 1918
this atfiohc judge, without assigning a reason, 11nd
refused bail to R~*herford and his fellow clefendanls,
resulting i a a nine-month unjust imprisonment wIlile
their appeal was pending. Incidentally, Pope Pius XI.
lntcr made Judge Maftton a "ltni~htof the! order of
St. Gregory the Great. Ultimately; however, nfarlton's
disregard for justice was revealed, On June 3, 193!),
IZC was sentenced to the maximum penalty of two
years' imprisonment lus a file of $IO,OM) for shame.
fully misusing his hlg% federal jud eshlp by accepting
bribes in the amount 01: $186,000 Tor six decisions.

ona in favor of Rutherford'a client, Clara Schneider,

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Reversal of the eight EibIe Students' erroneous con.


victions on May 14, 1919, meant thal: they were free
unIess the government chose to repros~ecute,But the
war was over and the authorities realized that on the
basis of the facts I t would be impossibIe t a get a
conviction. Hence, in open court a t Brooklyn, on May 5
1920, the government's lawyer nnnounceti wlthdrawni
o f lIie prosccutbn. The indictments wcrc dismissccl by
nctlon of anlle proseq~d.So it was that all eight: OE
these Cl~ristinn men were clea~ctI completely of an

illegal judgment
Reversal of the decision and tllsrnlssnt of the fnflietrnents meant that J . F. Rutherford and his seven
associai~swere totally exoncratcd. Some have spol<en
of Judge Rutherford as an "ex-convict,"hut absolutely
without basis. The court action of M a y 14, 1919, deflniteIy established that he and his associates had h m
lmprjsoned on an illegal conviction. That Brother

Ruthcrford mas not considered an ex-convict Is decisively proved by the fact that he later pradred as
a lawyer before the Supreme Court of the United
States, an impossibility for an ex-convict. Twenty years
after his unjust imprisonment, or in the autumn of
1939, the nine justices of the Supreme Court listencd
to the argument presented by Rutherford in the case
of Bc7~midevv. New Jersmj. The court rulecl eight-I*

n Christian witness of Jehovah.


Durtn the cllrnnctlc years o f 1918 and 1919 Jehovah's
people fimd great hnrdrhlgs. But wlth God's aid they

endured. 1 Itom. 5 :3.5 1 Snitin, through various means,


hntf fnllet? to still the lips of those prdsin God. How
vwy fitting war t h e p~iiriaxt of the Bib% Students
fol' I 9 l 9 ! It rvns: "No lvcapon that is formed against
t t ~ c eshall rospPr . . This Is the heritage o f the servants of 1 k 2 ~ > n o ~ ' - b a!34:17,
.
K f i i g dtfmes Version.

A NEfV O W O K
Atter thelr trialsome period of 1917-1919,Jehovah's
people subjected themselves to scrutiny. RealFng that
lhey llac? acted in ways Zllat did not meet with God's
approval, 1211.y sought forfiivencss in rayer, repenting
of lllelr f o r r n ~ rcourse. Wlis lcd to $hovahls forgive
ncRs nnd I~lcssin~.-I'rov. 28:13.
One cornprornjse had been t h e cutting of pages from
Tlre Irdttlfi?~o(lM?jatery, this to please those who had
n ~ ~ u m c rthc!
l
poaI2lorr of ceneor. Another occurred
w11c.n 'I'itrr llFair:I~
!i'.o~m
of June 1, 1918, stated: "In
ncrhordr~nc,awlih Lhc wsolutfon nf Congress of April
2rlt3, n111lwith the
:~m:rlion of I hc? President of
l i ~ r b 17nllcd S l n t c ? ~
or"""
Mny L 3 , It Is suggested that the
J,ordJs 11(*rlplr! c!vcrywhc;f.c rnnlcs May 30th a day of
pyaycr 11 nd su pllcnlion, Subsequenl comments lauded
thc lrnilcrl ~ k l r snnd did not harmonize Nth the
CIirisUan posl lion of ncutral1ty.-John 15:19; Jas. 4:4.
D u r l n ~ :World Wnr I quehllons arose among the
Blblc SluAcnts as ta the losltlon the should take
ragnrdii~grnlllrsry service. dome reiusedlto participate
In any way, whcrcas others accepted noncombatant
servlcr, RcInted questions arose about whether to buy
war 'tm-trls ant1 stamps. FnlLure to do so sometimes
resuItec2 in pcrscr:utlon, even brutal treatment. When
Jehovah's servants of today consider any program or
nrtivlty of t t w nations, thry act in harmony with such
Sct+lpr~~t.nl
rinciples ns that sct forth a t Isaiah 2:24,
~ v l ~ l r roncfirles
)l~
with tho words: "And they will have
l o bent their sworrls into plowshares and their spears
Into p n i n l n ~ shpnrs. Natian wllI not lift up sward
agnlnst nnlirm, rlrithef will they learn war anymore."
A new outloolr. That Iq what Jehovah's people had
as t h ~ yentrrecl thc 2920's. They had one through
dlfllcult ycnrs, but Christ's nnnintcd Allowers, the
symholb "1 wn witnesses," were alive again spiritual1
i m r l rrndy for adinn. What led up to this? What tooc
plnm In Ihc months Immedfatcly folIowing the release
nr Brother Rritlrcsiord nnd his seven associates from
prlson ?

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YersrZlooJc

A EUCCESSFWL TEST
When Rutherford was released from prison, there
w a s a blg question in I-]is mind: Just how much in=
ierect is there in the Kingdom mesn;l@? I-Ic was an
ailinf: man, who might rcasonabl he expected t o be
roliccrnctl primarily with his herich, but he juat had
l o havs nn answer t o that impnr'tant questloll.
As it 19, during the months nf ihclr Incarccratlon fn
the Atlanta penitentiary, Brr~lllcrs nu tht!rford and
Van Amburgh had shared a ccll havlny: no aIr ctrculntlon due to a fan mnlfundion, Firlllg unrtl~le to
grt sui!lcie~ll oxygen, their systcms hnrl hren filled
wlt h poisr>ns.While Ruthrrford ~ v a simprisonetl, in fact,
n Inng r-nlirlition had dcvclo (TI Ihnt ~1:ryrrlwit11 him
far the rrrst of his caribly Tirr. Shflrily ni'ter 111s IPleasc 11e ~ ~ o n l r acd
r t pt~ctunnnlrt. IJratllcr 1Zutheriord
hr!rnrnc R O ill that his surviv;kl I V i l S in qurstion, Rerrrusc! of his physical condil ion anrl owing t o Ibe fact
thal hls family was in Californin, he wcnl tlrerc.
TryIng to determine just how much Interest there
acltrany was in the Kingdom rnrssnce, Brother Ruthe?
ford arranged for a public m e c t t n ~at. CEune's hudltnrium in Los Angeles on Sunday, May 4,1019.Through
cxl~nsivenewspaper advertising, Itc promised to exaln In this discourse just wily lhe Watch Tower
ociety's olfrcers had been convicted ilegnlly.
The local clergy thougl~tthe Biblo Stutlsr~rsand the
Soript were finished, that no onc! would shrlw up for
I h c nckerllrcd talk .'The Hope for D i s l l.csu.rl HumanRve hun11 y." IIut lllcy were wrong. Cht-rc! t t~o~unnrl
cll+etl were prespnt, and nhout s i x h ~ ~ ~ i d rhad
o d to k
tkrrnetl away for lack of spacv. Ru!llrlhiol.rl promised
to spcak to them on Monday cvenltl~.Thougl~ he had
bccn sick all day, he delivered that t;ilk 10 nn audience
o f 1,50R. He was so ill, howcvrr, thnl filter about an
hour h e had to bc replacer1 hy an i~ssatdnlc. Yet, t.he
test in Los hngeIes had been a success. There was
notable Interest in the Kingdom mesaagc.

g1

' W T I J c TfIE BEROME BE REBMREIIT"


That was anather big guesstio~l.Thc Brooklyn T a b -

naclr had been sod. Though Bc?thcl sllll hdonged to


the Sodety, it was practically unfurnished R I I ~11eadquarlers operations had been transferred to Pittsburgh. T h ~ r cthe brothers had little monry and their
Fcdcral Street quarters were far froin ndquate for
cxpnnaion. Printing facilltbs were lacldng, and even
m a n y of the plates from which the Soclely's Ilterature
ZVAS prlntecl had been destroyed. Prospeut~werc blealz.

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DurIng J. I?. Rutherford's stay in Cnllfornfa, however, an Interesting thing happened at the Soclqtyf
PIttsbur h hradquarters. One mornin a Christ~an,
George Autteifiela, a person of eonslSrnble nlcans.
wnlkcd into ihe office. A. H, Marmillnn spoke with
Ilinl In tht? parlor, informed him t h a t n r o t h ~ rR u i h e ~
mrd was in California, and then t h i s ifi what hap
prbned, according to Mamillan's own report:
"Ilc sald, '3-lalTeyou got a prlvate room here?'
"'Well, wc'll lo& this door, thls is private. W h ~ .to
t
you want to do, George?'
*'Helrrgan t o take his sMrt off as 1 talked to him.
f thortghi h c Ilnd gone crazy. He lnokcd n IIltle dirty
and tmucl-worn, whereas ortll~~nrjly
he was a tifly
and tvrll-kept man. When Ile gnt down to Ills UntlerIir! cul, out n Hltlc p ~ t u h
Ilc hnd on there and took out a bundb of money.
T1 was about $10,000 in WIls.
"He put it down and said, "That'l'l he1 you to get
Ihlrr wrrrlc stnrtcd. I wouldn't mnd n e!e:eck because
I tlltln't know WAC, was here. I dltln" t r a v ~ lIn a sleeper
lwcrc.az~a~
I didn't Ivonl nnyhody to cnmtt nnd Xakc thls
am;ly Isrrrn 1174: If they s r ~ s y ~ c r tTd hncl I t , so 1 fiat up
nll ~ ~ l ~ tI i lr13dn'l
,
Icnow wlrn wnrr In r.l~nr[rc! of tlse
wnrk, hr12 now that I see ynll I,rcllhr~.r;hrrt! wllom I
I~nntvunrl 1 trust, I am glad tlml J cnnrr!' .
11 w a ; ~
H plcnsr~ntaurprinc and certainly an mcouragcment.
Upon Firother Rutherford's return to the Society's
PUtshur~h oMces, he instructed the Soclety's vice.
p~+cslrlcni,
C. A. Wise, to go to Brooklyn and scc about
reopr~tlnEBcthel and renting prcmlses whcrc the S*
cicly r-ot~ldbcgin printing operalions, The ronversation

shirt hr wnnted a knife. Then

..

\rml likr thls:


"Go niid ace whether it

retzirn bade to Brooklyn."

is the Lord%will for ua to

"IJow wlEl I delcrmine as t o whether it is the b x d ' a


wlll fur us to go back or not?"
"It was a failure t o et coal sup lIes in 1918 that
rlrova ur iram Hrooklyn Rack ta ~tttsturgh.Let's make
coal l t ~ rtest. You go and order some coal.'VIIti New
York coal was .4tlIl being rallonctl nt t IIP end of tlre

war.]
"How many tons do you think I should order to make
the test?"
"Well, make it a good test: order flve hundred tona."
That is just what Brother Wise did, And upon
mahlng application to the authoritlea, hc was g ~ ~ n l e d
n mrtiflcate to get five hundred tons QP coal. ImnedlnteIy he wired J. F. Rutherford, That much coal would

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ensure operations for a number of years. Bnt where

on the stage and In hls usual way told the audience


that he too had been pumlzli?g all week as to the meaning 01 thos: two letters, GA.' H e had come to one
conclusfan: Fi-lcnds, 1 have ooncludcd t h a t It means
"Guess !gain,"' Well, the audielace rcspondccl in

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could they put I t all? Large sectlons of t h e Bethel


horn& bamment were converletl into coal S t Q m e
space. This ~uecessfultest wag taten ar nn unrnlslakab7e
Intllcntlon thflt it was God's will Clmt tllr! move to
ISroolcIyn be made. So it mas, as of October 1, 1919.
JOYOUS REONJON

Not Ion before Bethel reopened, Jehovah's people


In genera had a joyous reunion, a truly o~~tstandin
even,:. Shortly after Brother nutherlord's mecesrfu?
public mcctinga at h s Angclrs Jn Muy of 1919, FC
devidcd Lo hold a large convcntlon. Ullimately the site
choscn wns ('rdnr Point, Ohio. This nssrmhly of Septcrnhrr 1.3. 1!119, proved to Ilc onr nf unrrsunl spiritual

bcnriit.
llorcfa at Cedar Polnt could houac some thrce thousanrl, nnrl Ihc nible Sttndcnts hnd arranged to take
ovcr nll thclr facilities by nnon of the conventian's
o p v n i n ~day, Monday, September I. Thcre waa a little
disa pnlntment whcn only a thousant1 pcrsons shewed
up kr the opening session. nut pcoplc kept mming,
on special trr~Insand by other means. Soon long lincs
of plated dplegates were nrvaltlng nccommodatians.
And who wcrc busy behind Ihe rounler handing out
room nssignments? Why, nonp other thnn two f o m c r
Inmates or Atlanta penitentiary-A. W. MacmiIlan and
R. J. Martin! Now look Ihrre, Drothrr Rutherford
and mnny olllcrs are having n grent time ns .hpllhops,
tonng sultcnscs and helping fr~Elow conventionem to
thrir mrbrns. Thlngs kept humming till niWr midnight.
Mnppy delegates kept r i ~ l l tr)n coming. Frnm about
3,000 on Elnncl Ily evening of i l ~ vIlrat rlny, attendance
climbed t o 6,000on Friday. Ant1 fr~rI h r Sunday public
lecturc flboul 7,000 were prcsrnl. A1 llrls joyous assembly over 200 ~ymbolized thnlr clcdbntlon to God by
subrnlttln~ to water baptism,
Conrcrnin~:t h ~
public discourse ''The Hope far Distwssrd lT~irnnn!ry,'Arrien Pate wrltes: "They arranged
to hnve the public talk outsidc ancl Brother Rutherford
8polrc. . . W181that small number it wasn't too hard
to hr?nr."

THOSE PUZZLWGt LETTERR "GA"


As mns conventionem arrived In Cedar Point they
noted sornethlng very j n t r i g u i n ~U~ r s u l ~C. Serenm M?calla: "We observed a large banner across the hall
above the speaker's platform w l t l ~two capital Ietters,
'GA.' We all, were in expectation all week, guessing the
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laughter,
For reUef from nngwg dosfty, the assembly
delegates had to watt 1111 Friday, Septemlwr 5-"Co.
laborers' Dnv." Imagine yourself among those h:~lppy
throngs as 5'. F. IZ~tll~~rforddve fllc ndrll.cfls An.
nonncing the Kfngtlnrn." In it %e announced the publication of n new ~ r l n ~ a d n T
e ,l ~ eGoldclt Age.
T h e mystery was over. Those letters "GA" stood for
Goldem Age. mother Rutheifold was follotve!rl on the
program b 1'. J. Mnrtin, who outlined ~nethMlsfor
a new wal-$ n i ohlninlng subscriptio~~s
for T'l~rGoldc,~
Age. Publjsherl every other week, this thlrly-two-pnge
magazine would carry milch religious matter c!xpJnlning
y s e n t - d a y evenlr in tie Light of divine ~ r u p l ~ ~ y .
t s first issue, dated October 1, 1919,contnineb. rnnlt!rial
on such topic:s ns lnhor nnd economics, mnnuhcturlng
and nlini~if:, fltir~nrc, mrnrnerce anti tmnsportatiun,
agricultul-r anrl ll~tshnndry,srienm and invcntinn nnd
religion, Includln~:n Srrlpt urnlly based art l r h l r cntitlcd
"Talking wflli ihc! Dmrl?"
As its editor Y'lrm U r i l d ~ nAge had one of the brothera
who had hccn Im r i ~ u n c d with Brother Ruthurford,
He was Cla ton
Waodworth. His son, C. Jnmes
Woodworth, i l l s In t h c s ~Interesting dctnlln: "My fnther
reestablished a homr for us in Scranton IPennsylvanial, and when, in 1919,Tlw Leddm Age was hejiun
as a cornpaniun mngazlne t p The Watch Tnuwr, the
Society appolnld him its edltor. It was necessur fnr
him to spcnd a inrm .eat?- of his lime nelanl& in
Brooklyn, so I he Sncioty kindly made a n anangcmcnt
whereby hc workptl for two weeks In Drooldyn and
two weeks ar t~omc--an nrmngement that went nn
COT quite a few years. 1: well remember my dad's
typewriter goinl: busily at five o'clock mmly mornings
--as he wrote or e ~ l i t r dmaterial for Tltr! #oldoft Age
and sent it t o Bronltlfll by early mail."
Clayton J. Wootlwarth faithfully served ns editor
of The #otde+t Ago and its successor Conblolatbla
(published from Oclobcr 6, 1937, through July 31, 1916,
inclusive). 13ecnuse of advancing years, he was relieved of thls work when the new journal AwnkeI
repIaced (lottsolnt$o?r,with the Issue of Au~uat22, 194.
However, Brother Woodworth remained faithful at
other duties h Gocl'n service until death, on December
M, 1951., nt eighty-one years of age.

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w w wmm mma TO WORK"

124

The 1919 Cedar Paint convmtlon brought about a


greater awareness of the worldwide scope of the
preachhg work that was to be done by Jehovah's
people. As A. H, M a d I a n put it: "So thr 1fTcrt began
to take hold, Wow w e have somethfng t o tla.' We wrre
]rot going to stand around any mon! and wait to go
t o hmven; we were going t o work."
Gorl's people certainly "were gotnq to work." Positive
action was taken in connection w ~ t hadvancing m e
worship. For instance, the year 1919 aaw the revival
of lhc colpomeur work. In the spring of tllat year
150 were active in this branch of Goti'n ~elwlre,but
by aautumn, 507.
Thc p i l ~ r l mservice also was revived. Full-time traveling r~prcar-ntatjvesof the Society rose to the number of
+cix and were sent to congregallons ta Enther
to1:el cr those who had been scattered d u r l n ~thp wartime p~rsccution.2 7 1 a
~ ~h sttirnulatct! Intcrest tl~rozigll
t h i s close contact with the headquarters o f JeFiovn11's
carthly organization. Here again the intercats of true
wcjrsh~pwere making advancement.

cighiK.

A.

TO TAE r n L D k

1919, c~st.le8
the two-part article "Rlessed Are the
Plainly it showed the need for faithful anntl fcnrlesa
nctlon in God's service. The reB onse 10 thla call l o
I C O ~ ~ Caction
SB
on the part of f)phnvah's pcaplc wan
cnt huslnstic and coura EOUE. They ~x?alously undcrtoolc the Kingdom pubhicity work thnt was now srt
hrforc Ihem. They Iwcamr spirii ually ~ilivr agnln jn
Jcllovahls activc servicr ns his nmhnssadors. Thus
X7t8 Watch Tower of August 1. Find 15

w;ls fulfilled t tic? ropl~ctlcpkturc of the rcsr~l-rmtlon


of God's "two tvlnesses" as tl~smSZ~ed
in Rc?vclntton

11:11* 12.
In 1920 personal responsEbfIity for prcachtng was
more lcr*cnly felt ns participants In the wltncss work
turned in a weckIy report of activity. Prlos to 1918
on1 colporteurs made field service reports. Also, l o
fntb6itntc the preaching activity, con r~jinllons were
given specific territory assi nments. %hilt wpm tho
rlTccta? In 1920 there were !,(I52 'VrIass workcrs" ant!
350 colporteurs. By 1922, of more than 1,200 congmgatlons In the United States, 980 had h e n fully reor anircd l o engage in the field service. These linn 8,#01
workers who placed Bible literature wllh houschoIdcrs
on a contribution. The weeklg average was 2,250.
When work with Tfw Golden Age was starting, ft
W R S outlined in this way: *'TmGOLDEN AGE work
fs a houseto.house canvass wlth the Mngdam message,

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125

prdaimlng the day of wngeanm nf our God and


mmforting illem fhbt mourn. In nddilim to the eanvass, a copy of Tun Go~nr:N Acs is to be left at
each home, rvhethcr a sabscrI tlon Is takcn ur not.
S;unples will bc soppllcd ct'atE. . . class workers
wvlll pracurc tlicir xnrnples from the Dlrcctor." Congregations wlstllng to par tlclpn te reglstercd wIth the
Uratch Tower Soriciy afi srl.vlrr orgnnlzntlons, In turn,
the Society np uinted o~ir!111 the lurnl cmongregnlfonta
Errve as thc %irp&or.'l Bviq: nn appoinicc, he was
not subject ta local yearly clrrt ion, ti:: mr:~.cthe elders
at that time.
Suppose we loin brlefly In the Qak?anAga work. EIva
Fischcr tells u a this 111~outit: "In 1019 we received
our first co~lslgnmeniof 1 1 1 ~ncw Inn rnzit~eTha Golden
Age. . . . None of us owllrd nulomoh,ilrr a1 thk time,
so my hushand and Ills ltusllly brut llrzr, Audie Bradsham, loaded our llttle one.s~nted huggy 114th the
magazines and off they weirl I n plraclr Ihr gooil news
Prom n horsc and bzt~gy.hly slstrr-in-lnrvstayed lrome
t o care far the 1Iveslor.k ; t ~ dour cl~lldt+en,as we all
lived on farms, Tlw I)cys Rylr!nt t rrTorvhole days placing
them mngazttics, as I tiry wrr'e to plurr n Gotdcn Age
in rach hnmcx. W(, I V V I ~ I ~ r i l l vct'p lirilqly for this op.
portutiily to hnvr A ~ltirt It1 llirb ~>t.ra:~rhfn~.
work,"
"Voluntccrs were cnllcd lo ohtdti ~ul)su~.lptions
for
Ihe magazine," remmrl<a Fred hnrlcrsun, atidlnfi: "I
responded and fell tlic flrsi r e ~ ljoy of doing ttctivc
witnessing. Siilcc tlleu I llnve (.~.lhtnlticd~ n a ~ r~yu b s c r i p ~
lions and placed I~~~nrlrcrls
o f col)ics nP the magazine,
now called Arvnlee! I1 hns hrcn :I powerful lnstrumcnt:
to a~val:cn persons to the cr'lllc~lt f l n ~ aand has given
them a rnarvelo~~s
hope of. 1lfc and l~racc111 a rle:~nscd

carih."

THE '%aJD
WORK
On dune 21, 1920, & paper &Ition of TIM Pinlshed
My8tw'y was released for ttlstr'lhutlon. It wafl cam.
rnonly called the "ZG." ( " 2 stood for Zioa'a Watch

Tower, the originnl, name of The Wntchtawer, and


"Q" the seventh letter of the Enf:tlsh alphabet, deslg.
nated this sevenill volumr? of fltzulics in, t l ~ aISoriphi~es.)
This special edition of Tho Wntrdb Tower (March 1,
3918) was stored while tlle hoolr was banned and
could now be placed wlth the pcople for twenty cents

a copy.
Recalling her work wlth the "ZG," Beulah E. Covey
'"There was a full-page picture inside of a church
mth
two preachers, each going down an aisle with
a gun In one hand and n rollcctton plate in the other.
a?:

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++
we
I had to do t o place t h b 'ZGJ was to s a b this
~
pwture, and it was very common to place forty Or

fifty a day In the field!'


Work with this magazhe edition of Tlta Fi?ti8hr?d
Myaterg was fruitful. For example, Annie Poggensee
writes: "I called on a lady who took the 'ZG'and C ~ O S N ~
the door. Little did I realize then the results that this
placement mould bring. A few weeks later a llnndhill
mas Ieft at her floor. She recognized this as beln the
bame thing, so she attended the iallr adverfirc% nn
the handbilL She continued comEng to the m c ~ l h g s ,
~ n dfinally her husband and two daughters t)cgan
attending. Soon the whole Andreson f:tmily was in
the trutlt."
4
4
~
~
NO.
n
21
In time .Golden Age No, 27 made its anparmce. "It
was the September 29, 1920, Issue, detnil~ngthc per-

sccution and abuse of the brothers and sisters dul3na

the pxdbd of oppression,'hwltes Roy E. Hendrlx, who


had part in distributing it. Amelia and*Elizabeth h s r h
add: "'It exposed the un odl persecytron hen ed upon
the International Bible Etudnts durlng ~ o r Wnr
k
I:
by the rpligious clergymen of Christ~llldomatla their
allies, political and military. . Ninc in Ihe canffregation refused to participate in this work and signed
a petition not to dde so. They lacked faith h the 'inithful and discreet slave.' As a result, we, alolig wilh
three others, mnintdnlnf: faith, dlstrlbuterl 25,900
copies in only two weelrs. The cncl o f XIie campaign snw
us tired but happy, know in^ we werc Iaitlifullg wnlking
In the light of God's Word."
Four rnilllon copies of Golden Age No. 27 were rlnted.
T I ~ Swere
C givon away free or were
on s
voluntary contribution of ten cents a copy. Principally,
distribution was from house t o house.

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TBE WORK ABROAD


Increaphg demands for Bible literature arose. TMsl
was true in Canada, for example, where the cenmrship that had been imposed on Watch Tower publicntions was m o v e d on Janiiafy 1, 1920. Persecu!3on In
that country seemed to stir God's people t a greater
zesP in preaching and advancing t m e worship.
On August 12, 192Q, J. I?, Rutherford and a few
associates set sail for EuMpe. Assemblies were held In
London, Glasgow and other British citles. With some
others, Rutherford journeyed t o Egypt and Palestine,
Various offices and Bible dasses were viaited nnd
strengthened spiritually. A branch &Ice of the Society

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a yearend report,
Y3rothrr Ruthrvforrl disclosed t h ~ the
t Saciety was setling up n Central European Om* t o supervise the
p r e a c h ~ nwork
~
in Switzcrlnnd, France, Belgium, Haland, I:crrnn~~y,Austria nnrl Italy.

waa eatahllahcd

TIIE '-FAIONS

QAnXPAXQN'*

Contributin~to disciple-making work in those days


wnu n new prcacl~ink. activity-the
"Millions Campaign." It lenturwl ~listfibrrlien of the 328-page book
MFlFions Nazc Livi?tg IVi'ill Neucr Djc, placed with the
people on a conlrtbt~tion of 25c a copy. The boolr
was: used in conjunction with a public-speaking pr*
G r a m that began 011 Septembc~25, 1920, and that
r:r%n!rrettnmurwl n Iecfurt! (originally entftlecl 'The
Wr~rld I-lns Enrled-Milllons Now Living May Never
Die" l given 11 J. F. Rir t herfortl in Los Azigeles on February 21. 191{ and puhllsl~adin the new book in 1920.
In retrospect, Lester La Roper says: "Then came
m y tlmt! f o r R public talk on the subject 'Lift U a
Sl:rnclnrrl f o r the P ~ q ~ lM[tltons
c.
NOW
Living That &fl1
N r v ~ rIllt?.' IwnR nrarllatnnlarl to denlln~:with the public,
llut Ihn t wnn rllITr*l.t>n(.
I folt thc Iloor' would come up
nli(l hll rnc* In I h r fills nny tlmc, And I guess it did
l n l w Intnsllnnl roltfl~~rlr,
11s t h r n wr! had only a very
srr~rill lluinhrr In (hc I ruth in nll the world--and to tell
them 'Mllllona now IfvIn~wuullrl never die'!"
MftZ%owabrow Lfdn WilZ Novm Die. eventually was
tmnslatrrl nnd Du~,~isRed
in various languages. Unlike
the "pnntornl work," which l ~ n dconsisted of lending
books lo I h e peoplr, coples of l h c "Millions" book were
plnced wilh Ihrm on n contribution, and interested
pcrstrns voold 1alr:r obtnin volumcs af ,Tlttd+es in the
Nwipf OR. T h e "Millions C~mpafg.n"lasted for some
limrv, and R jilbc8t wltncss was given by this means.
Nc*wn npw noliccs and billboards with the words "Riillions how Lluiay:Will Ntw-r Dier' wcre uhcd to bring
il i n puhlk ill (nition. So extensive was the campai~n
I lznl the slogall has l>ren rt?mt?rnbered through the
ycars.
1iecallIng the erect of the 'WHIions Cam aign,"
Rufus Chilppell writer: ' W e hod oflered the p u b f i c a i i ~
filillimna Koplr Li~;ingWill Neuer Die in and around
Zion [lllinnisl nntt the rcsults were of interest. I: retntvt~bcrn l a r ~ e ,llnshin ekctric sign over thc IVauIcccan nry C I P ~ R P bullfing
~S
on North Sheridan Road
ithout Live m t l ~ sfrom %iot~whlctl said, WP Dye for
tllc Mtlllans Kow Llvlng &hn Will Never Dic.' This
was a vex popular subject at that time, and many
peu lc linB qm!stlunecl +iir,,phraae and learned the
tru$ h o r n this po~~lication.

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A NEW BOOR PROMOTES PROGREBS


For years volumes of Studies in the Bcrlptzcrea had
been read and widely distributed by the Bibl!, Students,
In 1921 however, a new hook was published-The
I i a v of God, written by J. F. Rutherfortl. Eventunlly

it had a circulation of 5,819,037copies in 22 languages,


"When The Hnrp of God came out, that was rcnlly a
blessing, an answer to our prayers," says Carrie Green,
cofitinuing: "It simplified t h e truth, the whole Iruth,
all t h e difr'erent subjects being illustrated as the 'strings
of t h e harp.' "
This pub~lcatlon outlined the ~ u r p o s eof Jehovah
as "ten strings of the Harp of ad, the Bible!' The
hmkk ''ten strings' or headings were: Creation, Justice
Manifesterl, The Abrahamic Pmmise, Thp Birth o f
destu, TIie Ransom, Resurrection, Myster Revealed,
01rr Lorrl's Return, GlnrllicatIon of thc Thurrh, and
Restoration. A beamer's I~oolc,it contained q u ~ s t l o n s
for' individual and class study. When \vol.king Irnm
house t o home, the Bible Students offc~crlwith tllls
pubIication a complete correspondence c,otirsc, The
iwclve queetIonnaire cards lnalclng up the course wcl-c!
mailed, one card a week. The average congl.egaticli1
rnlght have as many as 400 to 500 cards to tkanr1Ie
weekly in connection with this course. This work urrw
carried on for a number of Fars and was hl hXg
bcnefieial. H e e d Burford says: SttIdle~were also goid
in the homes of interested persons, similar to our home
Bible study work of today, except a whole grou o f
p u b l i s h ~ swould attend, as in our eongregatlon look
studies.

FACIL?J!LFcS TO FURTHER THE PREAC1EUNG WORK


In the year following World War I the Watch Tower
Society wanted to buy a large rotary press in order lo
do some printing. There wcrc only a frw in the country
and all of them were busy. Apparently. thrre was no
cl~nnceof getling one for many months. But Jchovnh's
hand ER not short, and an instalTed large rotary press
went into operation by workers at headquarters In 1920.
Fondly called the "old hattIeship," through the years it
prodl~ced millions of magazines, booklets and other
publications.
Upon acquiring the "old battleship," the Soetety
rented facten spam at 35 Myrtle Avenue 3n Brooklyn.
Upon arriving at Bthel on January 22, 1920, W. L.
Pelle and W. W. Kessler \yere assigned to work tn
that building. Brother Pelle tens us: "Our Rrst job
was washing walls an the first floar at 35 Myrtle
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it was different. We were ha


It wag the Lord's work
and that. made it worth w h y e ~ ttook us about three
rlny to gci all the rlraning done nnd then I t was ready
Tnr t h e rnnillng rlepartmmt to be set 11p.lDownslairs
In tlrc! l ~ n s ~ m r nthe
t
rotary press ( t l ~ e battleship')
WAB hein[: r~ssrrnbl~rl
and upstairs on the second floor
tlw llnthul prrss, Ihe rolrlrr nnd the stitcher mere
I~ringmnllc! rc*nrly!'
Snon Ihc equipment w ~ h
s operation. Brother PeIle
con1inucs: "Two brothers, experienced machinists and
prcsstnen, oprrnted the flathed press, Brother Kessler
ihr! folder, and I t h e stitcher, Then came the very
first copy of 7'fm Watch T n $ t @ r off our own preT:rhrunry 1, 1920-a thrilling momem, a very happy
rlrtb:~slnn?
Not too l o n ~thercnft~r came Trte GoTd~?s
A!lr No. 27 from the 'h:~ttlrshIp'press in the basemenf.
A srnr11l start, hut it has nwer stopped growing!"
Thr! p r e n c h i n ~work wag on the increase. By 1922
t h f wns
~
n much greater demand for litcratr~re. So,
ns
Mitrsh 1, 1922, thr Sndcty rnnved its factory into
11 H~X-RII)I.,Y
blllill!ln~nl 18 Con(-ord Street in Brooklyn.
T~'lrbtlf I I I lrr'l~[~lavl
l n r ~ r Ilonrx nncl rvcntuall all six.
'1'111.1~n1111. Stivivly nwP t1tid1~I
1u11<l lir prlntkp of its
rlrstr htlllll~lY ~ I ! I H Y I ~'Yhr
' H . Myrllr? Avrantlta hitiIil~ngwas
!t:laT!
rev ]#fli14n14
l\rlll I I t ~ ~ r ~ I I l~torFIf:<?
l~~fi
I rna ~rIzrkl>lvt r! !:lc lrivr rlvvd In making the transfer
from Myvl lo Ay{;n~ic!t o Cm~rorclS l r c c l was moving the
"r~ltl I):1111~~~lifp.Trerr! l a llow that wns handled, accortllng to nn aca)unt once given by LLIoyd Burtch:
"On March 1, 1922, we moved our printing equf
rnrnl: from Myrtle Av~nuoto l a r ~ rquarters at
Cnnc:ord S i r c ~ tIn Broolrlyn. W5th n 8malI truck we
rnnvcd most or the heavy ihlngs. When we came to
Ihc b i cylinders
~
of i h c 'battl~ship' press, we found
Ihrm t o h c too heavy for t h e truck to carry. We were
stumped. Wt! did not Jmow haw we would be able
to grt Ihem to the new qnnrtcl.~,but when we auwke
Zl~enext. morning our problem was solved.
"'Two Inches oP snow fcll llnexpectedly during the
nlght, and It strived our problem. We made a s k ~ d
nnd rolled the cylinders unto it. Hooking the truck
tn t h e skid, we dr:tgced It to the new locatio
mth
4 1 1 ~sldd sliding smoothly on the snow. The c y h d e r s
ulrm then lowerpii Ihrough thc basement wlndo~vat
rho plncr on Conrt~rtlStrcct. For years thereafter, the
plant rnanngcr, R. J. &Tartin, found pleasure in teITing
Zhc brothers aT canvrntinna about this ~nexpected
~ n o w f n l lthat solved otzr moving problem.
Soon (hc "old battleship" was rol!ing a ain, in the
C ~ n ( ~ o rStmet
d
factory. And how rt ma% ttnat old
~ t r u t ~ t u rsh~lrct
e
W h y , it is said that plant manager

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Mnrtin would remark, The angels are holding up
r Ills bulldfng.'
ONLY wmz maovmtsKELP
'The successful prinitng af hookrr nnd BIhlcs on
r a t ~ r ypresses by persons o f little or no prrvious
rxperience is evidence of Jehovah's QVPYBI
h t nnil t h ~
riircrlian of his spirit," remarks Charlra
Fehrl. He
lins been in Betl~clservice s h c c 1921. Brnthcr E"ehr.1
hnzr slrared In the developments at the Society's headquarters fox half a century and assures as: "Persona
I n perform each task were always Iounrl wlthr~ut any
dupllcntion or wasteful effort. Ynst itlslts plnnnctl
nhcnd of lime were completcrl as rrrlulrctl In spLtr of

f:

Sn1:ln's oppositfon."
W t r ~ nIht? Socie moved !ts i a ~ o r yto 18 Concord
Sttrr!t, Rrnoklyn, ack in 1922, a corn ~Ictc. outfft of
lyprsrlting, rlertroplating, printlng an1 hlndlng macnhinrry, most of it new,* was ohtnined. Thc prr*:Ident

of

nnp

important printmg concern that hatl bccrl

(loin? muc; of the Society's work saw thc rrlltl mrnt


~ i l dsnld: =ere you a r e with a Ilrst-rlnss pryntinc
r s l nhlishment on your hands, and nohodg around t h ~
j ~ l a c r that: knows a thing about what i n {lo mlth I t .
I n six moi~thsthe whole thing will b [ ~n 101 or jtmk;
~ n dyou will find out that the people t o dn your

ylnting arc t h o s ~that have always dona it, nnrl m n t c


1 I h d r business.
True, there were formldahlc roblema. But with
rllvlnr .Id the hathms mndc won&rfl~l pro~rcss.Noto
illls cxamplc: Not many years ago il tnolc nn expert
mpc-hnnic from Germany and srvrrnl helpers 61c10
?~tonlAxl o erect a large press obtninctl by thr. SocIrty.
Wlthln the next two years n ~ ~ o t h rpress
r
of the snme
sizc ant1 make was ererted at Ircnrlqrtartrrs by orrc
hrother and assfstants at Bethel in only t l t ~ r ezueeka.
The brothers at the Smicty's t~nndq~tartsrs
applied
th~rnselves,They learned, ant1 brlorc long they rverc
mnlting good books, kt first they uo~rldhlnd only 2,01FO
n (lily, Ijy 1927, however, they wcre producing 10,01H1
t o 12,000 books daily.
ItET1526N TO UlCDAn FOINT
The Society had not been operating its Coneord
Stwet printing plant in Brooklyn, New York, very long
when God's people gathered for an Iaternatfonal ax~ @ m b t yon September 5-13, 1922. The place? CeAnr
Paint, Ohio, location of the Bible Students' general
ronvention in 3919. There had been growth In the Inter.
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came from the United States. Canada and Europe. The


average daily attcndann? was 10,000, with between
18,000 and 20,000 prpscnt on Sundny. Those baptized
numbered 361. Engllslr nnd forricn.langungc mcerings
were held sirnults~~ousty,
as many as rlrvrn being m
progress at one time.
Imagine yourself a t Cedar Polnt for that spIrftuany
rewarding assembly. Notice the large banners, the
little wooden signs on the trees and the white cards
on posts and elsewhere. A11 of thpm bear the letters
"A D V." "What do they s j p n ? Somo ~ a ythey stand
for "After Death Victory ns t h e nnolnted remnant
stiIl are very conccrncd ~thout'golna homo' to heaven.
Others th!~lr lhcsc I~licrs mc:m "A<lvZse the Devil
to Vacate.

The suspense lasted untll Frlda , Septemhr 8, known


as "The Day." Jud o Rulhcrfnrl then spalce on ' T h e
Xi?gdom." T. J. ~ u y l h a nremarked: "Those who were
nv~legedt o attend that rnrctln~can even et visuaZize
firother Rutherforrlh acnmt?stness when {e told the
frw rrstlrss pcopb t h n t wrrr! wallqlng around ber n u w n l t hv fnlrn!:~!hcnt to 'STT DOWN' and 'LISTEN'
ln t t i p Inllr at zmy r n ~ t , "Arnunp nthvr things, Hrnther
HutherForrI rcpolrr nhout tlls rnrl r l l tllr G~tltllr!'rirncs
in 191 4 nnd rll or1 I lir! h l n s p ! ~ ~ . n ~ o sulsntonic!nt by the
E'@drrhnl('lfli~nc-ilof ( ! h i i r c - l l c ~ Irnlling
~
(I)(! 1,cn rut? O F

Nalions as tho " colifionl oxprosslon of tha ~dngkomo f


God on earth." Tmagino ol~raclC In that ~udienccas
Rutherford works + ownrc? l hr! clrnmaltc concl~~sion
ot
his discourse. You lislrn intcntly ns lie says:
" . . Since 1914 thc King of glorv has taken hls
power and reigns. HP hna clr:~nscd 'the lips of the
temple class and senrIs tlicrn forth wlth t h e message.
The importance of the rnessacc of thc kingdom can.
not be overstated. I t Is the rnrssngc n l nll messages.
It is the mcssngc of the hour, It Is incumbent upon
those who are the Tnrrl's to rlcclnrc It. The kingdom
of heaven Is at hand: t h e TClng r(!iqns; Satan's empire
is falling; millions now IIvlng wlll nevpr die.
"Do you believe It? . .
'Then back to I h e flcld, 0 e lsona of the moat 111 11
God! Gird on your armor!
sobor, be vlgllnnt, %e
active, be brave. Be faltllful ant1 true witnesses for
the Lord, Go fonvard in tho f l ~ h tunill c v c ~ yvestige
of Babylon Hes dcsolatr. ITerald the ~ ~ ~ c s s aPar
g e and
wide. The world must knnw thnt Jehovah Is God and
that Jesus Christ Is Ring u i kings ant1 Lord of lords.
This fs the day of all days. nchold, the Kiug reims!
You are bis publicity a~rmtq. Therefore adverttsc,
advertise, advertise, the King ant! hts klnglom."

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At that very moment a three-colored, thirtysix-footIong banner is unfurled above the speaker's stand.
On it a;p ear a lar e center picture of Christ and the
words ldvgdvertise tfie King and Kingdom." Now it is
clear. The enigmatic letters "A D V" mean "ADVERTISE." Advertise what?-Why, "Advertise the Ring
and Kingdom"! "You can irnaghe the enthusiasm,
cxcIaims George D. Gangas, "the joy and the excitement of the brothers. Never had anything like that
happened in their lives. . . . It was something that
was written indelibly in my mind and heart, that will
never be forgotten as long as I live." C. James Woodworth, then a sixteen-year-old lad in the assembly
orchestra, recalls: 'That was a dramatic momenl,
How the audience a plauded! OId Brother Pfannc.
bceker waved his vioen above his head and, turning
t o me, said loudly: 'hch,Ya! Und now ve do it, no?' "

"Brother Rutherford's car was the first one. He had


invited my wife and me, her sister, CIara M ers, and
Richard Johnson and his wife. I was unade to go,
as our little girl, had become ill . Well, the territory
Par the first car was the road between Cedar Point
and Sandusky, Ohio. Brother Rutherford took the A r s t
house, Clara Myers the next, and so on till service
was completed and they returned to the convention."

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RlOTlVATED TO ADVERTISE !l'HE KWGIdORT


And they did it! In fact, God's servants have been
doing it ever slnce. EoIdly they h8ye been advertising
the King and Kingdom. When the Bible Sfxdents left
Cedar Point they were aglow with the spirit, burnin
with enlhu~tasmfor the preaching work ahead

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them. "Words cannot desmbe the feeling of moving


ahead, to go home and advertise," declares Ora Hetzel.
Sister James W. Bennecoff adds: "We were aroused
to 'advertise, advertise, advertise the King and his
kingdom'-Yes, with more zeal and love in our hearts
than ever before."
For that matter, conventioners were afforded opportunity t o advertise the Kingdom before they ever
Ieft Cedar Point. Monday, September 11, 1922, was
"Service Day." Several hundred automobiles were
used, each carrying five or more pnssengers and a
goad supply of BibIe literature, all ready to advertise
the King and Kingdom In the field service. "My card
of 'Instruction to Workers' was No. 144," says Dwight
T. Kenyon. "My card read: 'Autos will line up along
lakc front (Cedar Point) according to number on
radiator at 6:30 a.m, prompt. Your Auto No. is 215,
Worker No. i s 5, . .' I was in a group of seven. We
went by houseear, operated by two colporteurs. Our
assignment was Milan, Ohio, some miles away. I recall that Brother Rutherford was at that rendem~ous
at that early hour to see us off.'"
Yes, J. F. Ruthexford was there t o 'see them off.' But
there was more to it than that. "Brother Rutherford
was in the first automobile that started that morning,"
remarks Sara C. Kaelin. John Fenton Mickey adds:

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RESPOMDYNG IEO BALLS FOR


CXRRATER KINGDOM SERVIUE]

Jehovah's servants had done some house-to-house


preaching for years. Now, however, this work was
accelerated, Mter October 1922 the door-to-doorpreaching was greatly facilitated through iniorrnrthon appearing in the monthly service instruction sheet, the
Eulbtila.

Meetings o f the Bible Students continued t-a supply


rich spirrtual food. Group studies of The Watch T o w
were Rrst organized in 1922. Questions were printed
R a an aid to sludy. Christian meetings also kept pace
wlth Inrrrcnslng rrnphasis on the field sew-ice.Especially
arrctud was thc micl-weelc Pmycr, Pralst! and Testimony Met-1ing. T , o n ~had i! bccn R n occasioq for singing songs, giving tc~stimoniesand engaging m prayer.
But in the early 1020's a change came ahout that was
linked with house-to-house Kingdom proclamation. Regarding this, James Gardner writes: "An important
advancement began on May 1, 1923. The flrst Tuesday
of each month was set aside as Service Day, t o enable
:lass workers to engage in the ReM service with ihe
Director' appointed by the Socict~r. As a stimulus to
this work and to further encourage the brothers, it
was arranged that from t h s tlme forward congregational prayer meetings held every Wednesday mght
were to devote one half of the pro ram t o relating
testimonies of experiences in the
work.'. T. H.
Sietenlist adds: 'The Wednesday night fnmting ?ater
on mcluded a consideration of the Society's printed
field service sheet, the BzcZEetitilz. So when field service
began to be stressed, the Shattuck, Oklahoma, cornpany [congregationl got busy with the preachmg work
and memorized the canvasses [testimonies1 as they
came out In the BdZetin:"
AIso in 1923 the Society began settlng aside several
Sundays a year for a "world-wide witness."' This involved a united effort in holding simultaneous public
meetings throughout the earth. All the Bible Students
were encouraged to advertise such lectures as "Satan's
Empire Falling--W1Lions Now Living Will Never Die,"

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During early 1927 in the United States the work of


distribtrtmg books and booklets from house to house
for a contribution began to be carried on every Sunday.
"Some were wondering how it would go, knowing the
world was against us," comments James Gardner,
zdding: "It did set off a wave of ersecution in some
places. But it was a call from the 'faithful and discreet
sIave, SO why hesitate? How gladIy we went forth,
and while some were complainhg about 'coming
around on Sundays with books,' and so forth, it soon
was seen that Jehovah was directing his people
throughout the world. Even t o this day Sundax is a
good day to go forth, and rvc do so constantly.

house in Washln ton, North Carolina. She met a


woman who rnanifestcd great interest in the Society's
booklet Tulk&g with the Dead and accepted some
literature. Sister Wileox says:
"Not wanting to detain her, X started to leave, but
she wouldn't let me go. This is her story:
" ' I know the Lord sent on here today. You are the
answer to our prayers. h& mother and I have been
graying that God would lead us to the light. We have
een members of the Methodist Church all our lives,
but recently we have stop ed golng t o church because
we are not getting anytEing there. AU we hear i s
money, money and more money. The other day my
mother saw an ad in a magazine telling about a book
on "spiritism" and how one could talk directly to God,
She told me to order the book and see what we could
lcarn from that. Well, I have the letter written orderlng
the book, but for some reason I forgot to mail it. [That
Ictter n c v w was mailed.] Now I'll read these books I
got fmln you flrst, and when mother comes to stay
with lrjr n p l n shc will read them too. Wil17you pleasc
~lr'rtrnlsr.tn c:ornt! J ~ A V T C to s r r ZIS ngaln soon.
"Of mursr, I promised. g l u t wits to Ire my first
Imrlcr.nl1 Irrlurn visit.I. 'rho bnrlr-ci~llwork was not em
c o u r n ~ n tl llm, Cavr r 1 n ~
lcrritory and leaving literature
wns slrcssrvl, Ai any rntc, I ~ v u r l tback as I: had promiserl, rvl~cnher mother was there. They had 'devoured'
the lilcrnturc I left on the first call and wanted mom.
T7rom that time on the accepted c17ery iece of literalure guhlished by the Jociety. . . It d r d s me reat
juy t o be able to report. that aster [Sophia!
my Arst back-call, was fathful in service and in meeting attendance until Iier death in 1963."
SEVEN ANGELS BOUND TEED% ~ U M P E T S
Back in the 1920's, Jehovah's servants were busy
advertising the King and Kingdom, with fine results.
Moreover, though God's peoplc did not realize it a t
the time, they then became involved in the thriIling
f uldllmcnt o f apocalyptic prophecies. As seven angelic
trumpeters blew them horns, true Christians played
a part in dramatic events on earth and they continue
to share in them right down to the present.-Rev.
8 :1-9:21; 11:15-19.
From the time that the f ~ s alzgeJ
t
blew his tmcmpet,
Christendom has been pelted by a figurative devastating
hail, heavy exposCs based on Bible truth. (Rev. 8:7)
It all began during the Bible Students' Cedar Point
conveqtlon m September 1922. There .God's people
enthusiastically adopted a resolution enhtled "A Challenge." Boldly ~ t :exposed the clergy's disloyalty to

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Would you like t o join some Klngdom publicity
agents in their house~to-housepreaching work 01 the
;a"?
Explaining the activity, Myrtle Strain says:
We mostIy explained what the books contained and
tve used quite a bit of salesmanship too. Often, howEver, we were invited into the homes and then when
Ihe householder showed interest, we would give the
whale outline of God's purpose, beginning with Adam's
fall and going on to man's restitutio:; Sometimes we
would take an hour or so at a house.
"Those early days in association with Jehovah's
people are filled with many never-to-be-for ottcn memories," remarks Martha Holrnes. "I recat our Little
group of flve worlcing the outlying towns in the Des
Moines, Iowa, area. At times we wouId leave b e f o ~ e
dayligl~tand stay until after dark. In those days our
auto had no hard tap, no power brakes, n o power
steering, no air condltfoner, nor a heater. Most of
the time we had to drive on unpaved roads. We would
get stuck in the mud and woulrl havc t o shave boards
under tile wheels to get golng again. Our car had
hutton-on side curkains that were used when it rained
or snowed. We took box lunches and ate in the cold
car. One day, after spending scvcral hours in the
work at Newton, Iowa, about thirty miles from Des
Moines, a severe windstorm came up. It was difficult
to keep the car on the road, as the winds were of
gale force. Additionally the canvas top had blown
hack and kept flopping in the wind. We finally made
it back into Des Moines, all of us drenched through
!o Ure skin. I'm quite sure that onlookers thought,
What: a crazy Bunch of people!' "
Often thefr efforts were rewarded with fine results,
however. For instance, Julia Wilcox has not forgotten
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God by participating h !he war and thereafter re~ d l a t i n g1 3 s Mesmanlc lnngdom by holdln,g 4 hat the
ague of Nations was the political exprPsmon of thni:
It\n~dom.That October in. 1922 45,000,ONI coptr~ of
Ilte resolution and supportmg maiorial Iwgnn to 1~
tlistrll~uted earth wide. From that time onwnrcl, QirlsZr~rrlom (her CathoIic and Protestat~t clcrfry nnrl llrr
rhucrh mcrnhers) has been laid bar@ as J'nlsc In I ~ c s
clnlrn to being real followers of Jcsus Chrlst.
Under the direction of the second u,ngelIc trv~mpettw,
the Bible Students held a aeglannl convcntlon in Lon
Angclcs, California, .an August I!-26, 192:23. Tllcre they
ovelwhclmrngly approved the blstoric rcsoIutlorr, entillcd "A Warning." It exposcd t!lc~ fnllurtr 01' Chri8tnirlom's chlergy to aid in proclnimlng llitl l i i ~ i ~ d o rmcsn
fi:~l:(qnd;I ppraled to shecplikc yrersons to turn, not
to l h ~ clrrgy-supported
.
League of Ni114ons, hut l o God's
kingdom as 1 1 1 ~"only remedy for nniional. and Inrlividunl
Ills.''The failure of tlre clergy in 1111s regard h:ls h ~ e n
n major factor in t h e rise or radLral, r~volutlonnl*y
elcmcnts, pictured by the restless 4'sscn.'' But tllose
rotlicnl dements cannot give lHe to 1nnnM11tl c?i2hrr1
no Inore than hlood pourer1 out from thr! Il~unanllr~(ly
a m give life. In December 1923 printing b c p n on Ihe
tract- "Proclamation-A
Warning to All C:ht-lstinns,"
which contained the convelitio1-1 rc~olutlon. Rcsitlrs
I h c mIIljons of copics published abroad, 13,47X,400 wmbe
pl'mled In the Un~ted States. Mass rllsttlhulian oI
thnt ProcIamntion was only the hrgfnnln~.To thls
(lny, dcsus' mloini ed follozve~shnvt. n r n t l ~Inan y
Inn~aliorisadvocating God's kingdom.--T(c!v. N:R, 8.'OC'
Wlwn ill@ third n n g ~ tMew hi8 Irrcmpr.t, a third of
tllr wafers mere turned t o wormwood. Illev. R:10, 11)
Sirnificantly, a1 the Bible Slurlenis' chr~nvrntlon
n i July
'l0.27, 1924, In Columbus, Ohio, God's prople enlhuslast lvaily a d ~ p t ~
a l resolution tcl-n?crE "Znrlfrtrnci~t,"Ji
txposcd t Eie false and God-defaming dart r-incs t zwght
I>yC:hristendornls apostate clergy nnrl shnwcd thc tlrad.
lincss of the seligIous course in which l hcy nnrl I hrlr
politiral associates were lcading tho en le. Indrerl,
the clergymen were making the pro
(Trlnk sometlIing hitter as wormwood that waul$ result in lhclr
splr~luul cl@nth and eventual deslructlon. The ranvrn tion resolution was incorpo~nterl in t l ~ ctract rtltftlcti Ecclesiastics Indicted," 13,545,000copies of whit11
wcrc printed in the United Stntcs. MilILcma more In
So~rlgn languages were publisl~ecl nhroxd. Tn time,
50,000,000copies were distributed. The Jntlirtment also
wns pubUshcd in T?w Watch Tow% Agnjn, t h a t wns
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continued to poht out that: the teadlln~sof Christendom's clergy are not waters of Ilfc, but lead to death.
Came the year 1925 and the jot~rthr n 1 g d i ~EMm@m
stood poised for action. 311s trumpet wns hlown and a
third of the sun mnon and stars wen? smitten and
darkened. (Rev. $:12) During R srglonnl convention at
Indianapolis, Indiana, on August 24-31, 1925 God's
servants heartily cndor'sed n rcsolul ion under the
title "Message of IXope," It matlc lovln expressions,
but also sllowed thnt Ihe people had fnl?m into darlc
ness in Christendarn whic.11 rlnlrns lo he thc! worl(1,'s
spiritual llght. ~ e s i c htho rcsolutlon's publlcalion m
TJIR Watch T m r r and Th? noldsn A p , !,flI.lmate!y
many millio~~s
of copies nf It In tract form wcrc mrcu!ated in various Inn~yagc?~.
Thus ill(? ~uoplewpre informed that Christendom \vns not enjoAng t11r light of
heavenly b u t h and divint! fnvor,
The attack of syml~ollclocusts wne heralded whm
in the spring of
the f i f t h uttge'el aoit91ded ltls tntn4
1926. (Rev. 9:1-21) O n May 25. 1 of that year the
13ihJc St litlcnts hrId nn InternntIonnl ronvpnt ion in
l,c~ndon,P;nglnnd. Thrtnrti h c y whol~hcnrtr!dly adopted
a r ~ s n l u t i yr.nlltlrt? "A Y'iatlmnny I n thc! Rirl:ys of
the Wo!hIrl. II nnd Vlc fiuppurtln , puhllc ntidrcss Why
World l3rwc1-3Arc. rot l crlt~c-']'Kc? Rrrnetly," rlrllveretl
on Sunrlag, Moy 30, b Ili,c~lllc~*
Il~rlhrar'fo~~d
t o a vast
audicnce in IEcryal R!C(?~'I. Hnll, nxlroscil the Sntanlc
origin of the Lcngue of Nrlljan~and polnled out the
clergy's failure to support Cod'a Mcsslanic W~~gdom.
Similar iniormntion upprarctl in 1 1 n~ ~ w l yrebased
boolr DeZiveru?~ccnnd 111 the I,onklei T ~ Rta~da?.d
P
fm
t h e People. On htonday morning, Yhr! Dail?) N m ~ sof
London devoted n Iull gngc t:o the ~rsolt~lionand R
synopses of Sunday's pu l l ~Iecture, along with an advertisement of Ruth~rlnrrl'sMonday night spech. The
newspaper mace had hrcn PU~I'I~RSCR
for a cons~derable
sum, and a mlllioti or n1nT-P cnples of this edition
reached the puhlic.
In time, some 50,000,MlO co lea of the msolutSon
"A Testimony" w e r e dlstrlhute$ tmou hout the earth
In tract form In many Inn uugea. T Is exposure of
human schemes deviserl agakst God's kingdom in the
name of religion stung likc the Rilng from n ~corpion's
tail, and it continues 4 0 do so.
m e n the sixth angel Zllcw hia t r m &, four aym.
bolic angel. were untied and 200,0~00(1~ymbolie
horses went forth "to Itill a tIilrd of l he men." Those
"horses" picture the mcnns OE publfcIzing n terrifying
judgment message, part~cufarly hy thr printed page.
The action began with n notablr cvcnt 01 3927-an
international ronvenlion of tllc Blblr! Studcnts In To.

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ronto, Ontado Canada. [Rev. 9~13-19)


There, in the
Coliseum on kunday, July 24, about 15,000 persons
heard 6. F. Rutherford read a resolution addressed
'To the Peoples of Christendom," which makes up
approximatel a t h ~ r d of mankind. It urged sfncere
pcrsons to axandon Christendom so as not to be destroyed with it. The peoples were urged to give their
heart's devotion and allegiance wholly to Jehovah God
and to his King and kingdom. At the conclusion of
Rutherford's supporting speech "Freedom for the Peaples," a thunder of ayes burst forth from those present,
as they stood and shouted their approval of t h e resolution. Millions of persons heard the proceedings by
radio over an international chain of fifty-three stations,
the largest network to that lime. "Giant radio chain
hears Rutherford," dcclared the New York World of
hlonday, July 25, 1927, "Greatest hook-up spreads to
all paps o l the world spcech condemning organized

clergy.

How supporters of Christendom must have a~onized


under the fiery heat of certain statements in that
stirring resolution! It and the accompanying public
discourse were published in the booklet Freedom for
tha Peoples. In time millions of copies were placed in
the hands of the common people and the rulers. Thus
millions of symbolic horses began making an assault
against Christendom, cloing so under the contra1 o f
the anointed remnant, the 'Tour angels." Through t h e
such Christian ublications have been produced
y the hundreds of mt~ions,and thousands of persons
have responded favorably, ahancloning Babylon the
Great, tthc wwld empire of false religion.-Rev. 9:1319; 18:2, 4, 5.
Dramatic events took place when the seventh angell
blew his -humpet. "Loud voices occurred in heaven,
saymg: 'The kin dom of the world did become the
kingdom oi our &anl and ol his Christ, and he will
rule as kin forever ancl ever.' " Although the kingdom
of the worfi of mankind rightly belongs to God, from
607 B.C.E, onward he permitted Mngshtp by an
anointed descendant of King David to lapse or be
interrupted for "'seven times," or 2,520 years. That
period ran out around October 415, 1914 CE. The people
needed to know that through the Messianic kingdom
then established Jehovah was ruling as kin that he
would soon "bring to ruin those ruining
earth"
and that persons fearlng his name would be colaborers
with him in making the earth a paradise.-nev,

y,

11:15-18,

When would such things be heralded world wide as


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globe-encircling announcement began i? 1928, when the


Bible Students gathered in convention at Detrolt,
Michigan, duly 3QMAugust
6. Especially noteworthy was
Sunday, August 5, f o r then the dele ates heard the
stirring resolution "Declaration Aga nst Satan and
for Jellovah," as wen as J. F. Rutherford's supporting
public talk "Ruler for the People." Among other things,
that resolution *declared that because Satan will not
surrender his wicked rule over the nations and peoples,
Jehovah, with his executive aficer Jcsus Chnst, w ~ l l
act against the Devil and his forces of evil, resulting
in Satan's full restraint and the compl~teoverthrow
of his organization. Furthemore, it pointed oyt that
God by. Christ will establi!h righteousress in the
earth, will emancipate mankind from evll and bring
everlasting blessings to all, the nations of the earth.
"Therefore," the resolution concluded, "the due time
has come for all who love righteousness to take their
stand on the side of Jehovah and obey and serve him
with n pure heart, that t h e may receive the boundless
blessings which the *lrnigKty Gad has h reservation
for ihcm.'"
Reporis of thnt ''Declarayon Agafnst Satan and for
Jehovah" and the su porting public discourse were
publjslied in Thr nolRe,t A ~ a..F
watcl~~ m .
Furthermare, thc resulutlon and spcech also were circulated tn a number of languages hy the mfllions in
the booklet T k e Pen les F r i m d . Thus a message supporting M d ' s klng&m by Jesus Christ and in defiance of world rule by Satan and his instrumcntalfties
was trumpeted forth more than four decades ago.
But, hy printed page and public discourse, it has been
sounded throughout tllc wwhe earth since then with
increasing volume as Jehovah's servants continually
carry the message o f God's kingdom to the peoples
o f earlh,

A RADIO PIONEER LIFTS W ITS VOICE


"Radio Tells the World Millennium Is Coming,"
declared the Philadelphia R ~ m dof April 17, 1922,
continuing: "Judge Rutherford's Lecture Broadcasted
from Metropolitan Opera House. Talks into Transmitter. Message is Carried Over Miles of Bell Tele
phone Wires to Howlett's Station." So began a newspaper report of J. F. Rutherford's first radio address,
given on Sunday, April 16, 1922, at the Metropolitan
Opera House in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, The subject? "Millions Now Living Will Never Die." H i s
visible audience was a mere handful compared with
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Jersey and Delaware who heard the speech on pdmItlv~


radios In their homes.
Those were t h e early days of radio ~olfun1.tnl~att~n.
In the United States it was not until 1920 that regular
commercial radio broadcasts were made from IJitt::hurgh's station KDKA and W J of Detroit, Michigan.
A erson could then buy a Tactom-hrzilt crycltal scl
witR.ear hones, but not until the 1930's were radios
with huiK-in loudspeakers and aeria 1s prmiumd.
Jehovah's servants of the early 1920's were relatively
few in number. By 1924 in the United States there wert.,
on the average. only 1,064 Biblo Stndrnt9 prcachlna
from house to house wrqkly. So, [luring that period
God's people recognimd the far+reacl~ingeffects nf
radio ant1 considercd it a fine rncnns nf r c a c h i n ~tlir!
masses with the Kingdom rnessagc.
In 1922 J. I?. Rutherford ant1 a few advlsers f l r ~ t
touk claim to some hvenly-four acres on Slaten Island
in New York city" Borough of Richmond. Taking us
back t o that interesting h e , Lloyd Hul'lclt oncc
stated: "One Saturday aSternoon the president of thc
Society, Brother Rutherford, took some ol: us with
him t o Sraten Island. Upon arriving at the propei-ly
that had been purchased, lie pointed to a syot ,tin lhr!
heart o f the woods on the land and said: All xi 111,
boys, Mere is where we start digging. We are g3ng
lo build a radio station on our land.' And did we rlig!
Every weekend during that summer we were at it."
TIlroughout the winter and on into the summer o f
1923 construction went on apace, many young me11
Srom tbc Society's headquarters in Brooltlyn assisting
on weelrends.
In 1023 Falph W. g a e r w a s teaching radio theory
at the Alliance, Ohio, high school, One day he rccefved a letler from the president's ofice of the Watch
Tower Sociew. It asked: "Noting that you arc n
teachex of radio . . would you consider devotfng all
your t h e in the Lord's service in this behalf?"
Brother Lemer dearly saw 3ehovahPs hand in this and
could not reIusc to accept t h ~ sopportunity. Ry midOctober he arrived at Bethel and was put t o worlr
washing dishes! "Had I not had enough of washing
dishes in the army? thought I," he Iatcr wrote. "Then
X remembered the scripture: The LORDyour God
proveth you, to know whether ye love the Lorn your
God with all your heart and with all your soul.' (Deut.
13~3,A V ) Yes, this is another test, X concluded."' But
a month later he got started on radio work. "A 500watt composite radio transmitter was l o c a t d in the
city and purchased for the station," Brother hffler

recnlle, Thla kc uickly Installed and all was ready


for the flrst hron\cast.
"Emotlnns were running high," admits Brother
Leffler. "Would tile Arst broadcast be a success? Would
anyone br. ~ h l ein hear us? License from the overnmen, to broadcart had Wen obtaind. And tk? call
lettcr~~ a e i g n r dwem WRBR. All was now ready for
Ihc! nrar hrondrasl. ?'t~nto r r m e t l on Sunday evenfng,
Fchrunrv 24. 1924. It was m y prlvllege to throw the
power skftch on for that c t s i bioadcist and away we
w y t , ho Iny: f o r the hrst.
That &-st pro nm over WBBR continued for .hFo
hon~s,f ~ + n m
to 10:30 p.m. There were plan0
solos, sinking, rind In brlween was the feature of
ihr Fro~l.;Im, t l ~ clecture by the Society's president,
J. F. Rull~crforil,on thc subject "Radio and Divine
Pro hecy." Each evenina thereafter from 8:30 to
lo:& p.m., and on Sundnys, from 3 to !5 p.m., programs
wit11 good music and cducatlonnl talks were radiocast.
Opporlunitirs for dmrnailc work over W B B R pre~ ~ n t r ?thernsclves.
tI
Mnxwcll G. Friend shared in this.
J-Ts I~nd rn~rlcargone i n t ~ n s r rlrarnatic training at the
t?rlilownc*d('I( y TIICR~PI'
111 Z ~ ~ r l ~Swil
' t i , arrland. Years
Inler ,lc~hovrrl~fnvorr!tl IIrolIisr Prlcntl with the unr*xpc*d ~lrivilel:c! or ~,rc~rluci~~l!
nnd rlirerl ing BjhHcal
rhrunnsl nnrl rrr~
list lra 1~ej~rar311(:21ons
01 murt trials of
,lrhnvr~f~'aChi-1st Lnn WI l nesxrs hg clergy-influenced,
]~t'r~urliH?d
jarlg(-s ~tndproncrutors in America. These
rlrnlnan cxposrti Ihem to public shame and exonerated
C:od'fi servants. Tllc lraincd pr!rformers and musicinns
whn w o ~ ~ k r din Il-iese prcacnlniions made up "The
ICing's Thcar er."
311 1929 a t South Amboy, New Jersey, some of
Jehovah's s~rvantswere arrested for prea$iing the
ood nrws on Sunday. That marked the beginning of
51c dei~ndc.lon~
"Rattle of New Jersey." 'The King's
The&t(.r"&I~yed n part in t h ~ s . Durlng court trials
of truc!
ristianu, often local judges wmt? Catholics
who rnanifcstcd prcjudlm In the courtroom, usin
uncouth language and even betraying eeciesissfica5
nlllcs who sotifiht to rernnln In the background. Courtroom cxchangcs werp rccordcd In shorthand. Trained
pcrformcrs n:tcnded Ihc Irinls and studied the voice
and fntonntlnns of the judge, the pmsccuting attorney,
nnrl so forth. A few dnyx later "The King's Theater"
rlnplicated thp corrrtroom scenes with astounding
rr:rlism. Thus tbp air waves were used to expnsp the
roc, nnd (\ucntually thr- judgcs bwame so frightencd
that Ihr? fipotliaht had been turned on them, as well
as upnn tnlsguldr?d policemen and prosecutors, that
mnny hecarnt! morc nfitute 111 l~andlfngcases involving
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For some thirty-three yeam WBBR brought lory
10 Jehovah and spread Bihlc h v t h i n r and wl&. It
began broadcasting \pith a 500.wntt transmllter. Three
iitpr, a new l,OC(F-watttrnnsmlttcr was purchased,

rnrs!

n 1917 the Federal Cnmmunicnllonr; Comm~sslo~l


~rnnlcrl WEER permission lo inrrcilsr! Its mwcr to
5.000 watts, providing this would not lniarlerc with
othrr slntlons operating on tbr snme Iraquency in
wir!rly scattered parts of the Unltt!rl Stntrs. Instal"
l n t i n n of a three-tower directional nntennn System
snlvrd t h a t probIem and this army Increased the 5,000watt ower t o mare than 27,000 watts irr tIic nortI1enslrr& rlirectfon where the ol)r~lniionwan I he grcatpqt, WnnR W A S heard in
n l r a of metropolitan

Nrlw Yorlc find the adjoininf: H ~ R IofP S


NPW J P I ' S ~ Y
n ~ l dConnrcllthat. Howrvrr, lrbl trrs 1~41nrrrninff
i t s procr:lrnR wrhrt!r~c~civrd
from K n ~ l n n d Alnsltn,
,
Calliforllia
rn~rl othrr distant places.
l'hc Socfcty sold the station on April 19, 195T, Why?
Well, when the station began to oprrate in 1924, there
was only one congregation of nhout 200 Blhlc Students
covcrlnfi n1l five boroughs of New Ycrrk city, ns well
an L o n ~Island and even parts of hrew Jerxcy. Rg
1957, howrv~r,there mere (i2 congru~atlonn ivithin
N r w York pity and a peak of 7,2563 rovlalmrr~nI Ihe
Kingdom, hesides 322 full-time puhlfiherfi of the good
nt!ws. So R goad witness was bcin givcn. Also, ~t is
much inora dfcctive t o speak tn t%c p c o p l ~in their
hnn~ca, where they can ask questinns nnd recclve
furlhcr InslrucLion from the Word of Chd. The money
sgrnt In ronnrclion with rncIlo oprrnllons could Ile
t~srrt In some other w a y to i~clvnnc*~
tllc Interests o f
Grlrt'tr Idngdcm?.
Tllerc wns more to the radIo wnrlr of the Society,
however. One day X F,R~ilhrrfordcame into Ralph
tefflcr's room laid a map nf rhe UllItcd States on
thr! tahIe, and poi@ing with hls flngrr hc said: "I
Ilaw In mlnd ioiocatmg bronrlcaslln slr~llhnqllcrc and
h ~ and
r ~hrre. Would you h? nliilfnE to cn~inccrthe
cnnntriziStionof these stations?" "I'rt hr! 11ap1y to do so,"
zvns ths reply. So, when Novemt~er "4 ardved,
F3rolh~rLefller was on his way to the CIllcago area
tn work on t h e corudruction of another Sorlety-owned
rndlo station, this one with Ihe call lel1rl.s WORD.

Brather Lcfflcs also installed transmlttcrs for 01 her


slalions, not directIy armed by the Soc.lrlly but manrtgocl by Its representatives.
MARING RADIO IFfZAIORY
Durlng the 1920's Jehovah's people not only pioneered
In establishing one of the enrly radfo stations, WBBR

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As already noted, radio history was mnda by Jehovah's


scwants on Sunday, 3uIp 24, 1927,when J. F. Rutherfnrd spoke aver a network of Afty-thrrtl stallons from
Toronto, Ontario, Canada-the
largest radio chain
forged up to that time.
WImt led to thls unprecedented network broadcast?
A serles of wcnts. An agreement had hopn made
het~vvecn WBDR and the owner of New lark dty
statlnn WdZ tn share time, but the Rgrrclnenl warj not

kept, Later, WBBR was a s s i g n ~ dt o hronclcasl on alloilier wavr?len,oth, and still, Iatvr rcassip-teri to one
less Pavorahlc. Under the Radio Act of ET2T the So+
rlrt 's slnilon began a proceeding befol.e 1l1t? Frderal
R n J o Co~rlmissiun to be assigned n mol+c dcsirnble
al;~vclen[:lh.At the hearing (dune 14, 15, 1627) Presirlvnl Mrrlin I-Iall Aylesworth of the Nntionnl nruadrnallng (Ivmpany testified to the r c n t ~(.r'vic:r!rendercd
hy Nc!w Yorlc radio stations $ F h nnrl WJZ. up.
~nrrnllyto show that it would not he r l ~ l to
~ tpctmit
Evnitlt to occupy part of the time, although hot11 WJZ
iknrl WICAF hntl separate ~vavelcngths. I juriug cross.c>x:hrnlrlriltr~n hy d. F. EutT~rrforrl, 11tIs clucstirm was
1>lu l ~ o ~ i ~ i r t to
r v l Mr. Aylrpworl h: "Yrnil* IIIII'IIOF(*
1s 1 0
1:ivc to Ihv pcoplc by rat110 illc njrssnj:lh of 1 1 1 ~reulesl
~
lin~inc~irl.:c.tlir most promincant sl:it~*nmc~n,rund ill(!
~nrlql 1,1~<)wtlcd
clergymen in t I ~ cwc)rlrl'!" Tl~r*rrpl y
tvlis nlllrmnr lvo.
"If you were convlnoed that the mat Goil of the
universe wlll shortly put in opcrat on IlZs pEnn for
the hlrssing of all the famllles an11 natl~ns of the
earth with pence, prosperity, life, Ilbcrry Rntl ha
~ v o u i d you arrange t o broadcast 11'" It ivoug?%~
lwrn uitp difficuI~to say Nn, and so the answer was
Yes. ?'llcn Mr. Aylesrvorth voltmlarily said that he
woulr1 b r p l ~ a ~ etod broadcast a lecture by tho presidcnl of the International Rillle Studcnt~ Assodation,
Nntur~lly,J, I?. Rutherford acccplcd 1 IIC orrer.
So it was that as BrotIler Ruthcrfotbd ~ p o k eto a
convention nutlience of some 15,000 nt Toronto, Ontarlo,
Canada, on Sunday, July 24, 1927, rnlllfons more heard
him by means of a htherto un xrnll~led ratllo network. In a lctter received by t k Sui.irIy from the
Nzi~lonnl Bmildcnsting Company, it was Btntrd: "1
imagine that Judge Rutherford hud ns lar P an au~ l i ~ n cyesf~rday
c
afternoon as any man f;iivlng has
hnd over illc radio!'
Thc EIblc Students were involved In Anothcr notable
radio cvrnt In 1925, In Detroit, Mhhignn, on Sunda
A U ~ U 5.
S ~when J. F. Rutherford delivered the ullly~
lectura l'Rul~rlor the PeopleJ7to on audience of f 2 . 0 ~ .
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stations, required 33,500 miles of telephone Hnes and
91,400 miles of teXe raph lines, and it was rebroadcast
hy short wave to fustralia and New Zealand.
The Watchtower or 'White" network was organized
In 1928, especially to serve that Detroit convention.
It was so successful that the Watch Tower Society
decided to operate a weekly network of radio stations
throughout the United States and Canada. A one-hour
program was arranged and it emanated from WBER.
These were live broadcasts, featuring a lecture by
Brother Rutherford, with inmductory and concluding
music furnished by an orchestra maintained by the
Sodcty. Every Stinday from November 18, 3926,
through the year 1930 radio 1isf;enersthus could tune
In to "The Watch Tower I-Iour.
Radio programs occupied much of Brother Rutherford's time. A fine witness was given, but he was
unable to travcl or organize conventions in various
parts of the earth. So in 1931 the Society decided to
present transcribed programs. Two hundred and fifty
stations were organized to present these fifteen-minute
transcriptions, made by Rutherford at his convenience
and played by the radio stations at times thcy chose.
In 1932 this radio service (called the Wax Chain) was
expanded to 340 stations. By 1933, the peak year, 408
stations were bdng used to carry the message to
six continents, and 23,783 separate Bible talks were
broadcast, most of them being these fifteen-minute
electrical transcriptions. In those days, one might
spin the radio dial and tune in Watch Towel. braadcasts emanating from widely scattered staiions at
the same time. Often the air waves were filled with
words of truth that glorXed God.
A J7ACIM)IRP TO UALL 'I71ElTR OWN
More and more Jehovah's people wem attracting
public attention. Their historic radio hookups of the
late l!320's could not be ignored. Nor could the eople
disregard these Kjngdorn proclaimers, for their Rouseto-house preaching work was increasing in tempo.
Greater demands were being made for Bible literature
and the Society's publishing faclliries had to keep pace.

Looklng back t o the Iatter half of the 1920'~~


C. W.
Barber remarks: "The factory building at 18 Concord
Street [Brooklyn, New Yorkl had now become too
small and inconvenient for our needs."
It was clear. The Bible Students needed another
factory. They decided to build. Since sufficient money
for the factory's construction was not available without crippling the work in other parts of the earth,
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bonding its real estate t o an amount not exceeding


one half of Its actual value, Bonds were issued in
denominations of $100, $500 and $1,000, and they bore
Rve-percent interest, payable annually. Through a supplement in The Watch Tower the Bible Students were
afforded opportunity to subscribe for these bonds,
rather than their being sold in the public market.
Back in 1926 and 1927, members of the Brooklyn
Bethel family were delighted to see the factory at
117 Adams Street begin to take shape. Before long,
all eight floors of this excellent reinforced-concrete
structure, with numerous windows stood ready for
use. A modern fireproof building, it had more than
70,000 square feet of floor space. By February 1927
it was time to move from 18 Concord Street. "I remember Erotl~erR. J. Martin [the factory manager1
dancin$ for joy with the boys as the machinery was
moved, says Harry Petros. Brother Martin's enthusiasm over the new plant was evident in his report to
~ I I P Society's president as published in the 1928 Year
Tjnok nJ l,hc InturnalionaE BabZe fituc2e~lsAasocictti?~.
'I'hr~eln Ilc* rrrnarltcd that even the factory's crlt~cs
now otlmltled It t o 1 ) ~"one of the Itnest printshops in
lht! crntn. nP i l ~ eworld's printing business, namely,
New Yorlc Clty.'TThc report incIudeil this description
or plan 1 clp~rations:
"Tlw gcncraI plan of the building i s perfect lor our
work. The work all moves downward from floor to
floor by ravity, and in the natural order: Offices on
the top 8oioorj where they belong; typesetting on the
next floor, where it l o g ~ n l l yfollows; the plates go
down to the next floor, the sixth, where the rinting
i s done: mailing and booirlets take up the filt\; binding comes on the fourth; storage, on the third; shrpping,
on the second: paper stock, garage and power-plant,
on the first. Nothing could improve on it!'
As the head unrters staE was nearing 200, expansion
of the Bethel %om@ ot under way. During December
1926 the Society ure%as+ the lot next to its roperty
at 124 Columbia &eights m Brooklyn. Early lnaanuary
1927 the three buildings numbered 122,524 and 126 were
removed and construction began on a nine-story
structure containing some eighty rooms. If: was tied
in with the Society's building completed m 1911 to
the rear and fronting on Furman Street.
"TAUGHT E'ZI 2TEHOVAJT'

Jehovah certain1 blessed his people back in the


1920's and provideJhe things they needed to advance
the interests of the Kingdom. H e alsa proved Mmself
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Students, fn turn, found it necessary to adjusE their


thinking to some exlent. But they were grateful for
God's guidance and were eager to be "taught by
Jehovah!'4ohn 6:45; Isa. 54:13.
God's people had to adjust their thinking abwt
1925, for instance. Expectations of restoratron and
blessing were attached to it because they felt that i h ~ t
year would mark the end of seventy jubilees of fifty
years each since the Israelites had entered Canaan.
(Lev, 25:l-12)A. D. Schroeder states: "It was thought
that then the remnant of Chrkt's anointed followers
would go to heaven to be art of the Kingdom and
such as Abraham, Davicl
that the faithful men of
and others, would be resurrected as princes to take
over the,,govcrnmcnt of the earth as part or God"s
kingdom,
The year 1925 came and went. Jesus' anointed followers were still on earth as a class. The faithful men
of old times--Abraham, David and others-had not
been resurrected to become princes in the earth. IPS.
45:16) So, as Anna MacDonald recalls: "1925 was a
sad ear Par many brothers. Some of them were
sturnxled; their hopes were dashed. They had hoped
to see some of the "ancient worthies' Emen of old like
Abraham] resurrected, Instead of its being considered
a 'probability," they read into it that it was a 'certainty,' and some pre ared for their ciwn loved ones
with expectancy of Efieir resurrection. I ersonaUy
received a letter from the sistor who brougRt me the
trullt. She advised me that she had done wrong In
what she had told me. . . . [But3 I was appreciative of
my liberation from Babylon. Whem else c$uld oile
go'? I had learned to know and love Jehovah.
God's faithful servants had not dedicated them
selves to him only until a certain year. They were
determined t o serve him forever. To such persons
the unfulfilled ex ectations coi~cerning 1925 did not
pose a great probyem or S e c t their faith adversely.
"For the faithful ones," remarks James Poulos, "1925
was a wonderful year. Jehovah through his 'faithful
and discreet slave' brought to our attention the meanIng of the twelfth chapter of Revelation, We-learned
about the 'woman: God's unrversal orgamzatron; the
war in heaven and the defeat and expulsion from the
heavenly courts of Satan and his demons, by Jesus
Christ and his holy angels; the birth of the lringdo~n
of God." Evidently, Brother Poulos has in mind the
very noteworthy article "Birth of the Nation," ap.
pearing in Tka Watch T o w of March 1,1925.Through
it, God's people dearly discerned how these two great
opposing organizations4ehovah'a and Satan's--were

symbolized. They then learned, too, that the Devil has


had to confine his operations to the earth since his
nuster from heaven as a result of the 'war in heaven'
heginning in 1914.

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CELEBRATIONS AND BOILIDAHS

wr early conventions, between sessions as the


friends were chatting together," writes Anna E. Zimmerman, 'you might have seen some friends hand
you their 'Manna' bqok [Dd!y HCIXVGRI~
Muvzna fpr
the Hovseltnld of Fa%tkl,a s h g you to plcnse tvnte
your name and address in their 'Manna.' You would
'%At

write it on the blank page opposite the date o f your


birthday, and when your birthday came along and
they read their text that morning for the day they
might decide to write you a card o r Ietter, wishing
you a happy birthday!'
Yes, in those earlier days, dedicated Christians commemorated birthdays. Well, then, why not celebrate
the supposed birthday of Jesus? This they also did
f o r many years. In %stor Russell's day, Christmas
was cclcl~xatedat the old Bible House in Allegheny,
Pennsylvania. Ora Sullivan Wnkefidd recalls that
IXrother RusseIl gavc members of the Blble House
famil five- or tan-doIlnr gold plccrs a t Christmas.
~ a b I?,
d M. Phllbriclr remarks: "A custom t h a t
certainly wouId not bc camicd on today was the
celebration of Christmas with a Christmas tree in the
Uelhel dining room. Rrotller Russell's usual 'Good
morning, all' was changed to 'Merry Christmas, all.' "
What caused the Bible Students to stop celebrati?~
Christmas? Richard H. Earbcr gave thrs answer: I
was asked to give an hour talk over a Cradlol hooku
on the subject of Christmas. It was given December
192?, and published in Tha Golden Age #241 and
again a year later in #268. That talk pointed out the
pagan origin of Christmas. After that, the brothers
at Bethel never celebrated Christmas again!'
"Did we mind putting fhose pagan things away?'j
asks Charles S o h Brandleln. "Absolutely not. This was
just complying with new things learned, and we had
never known before they were pagan. I t was just
like taking a soiled garment off and throwing it away."
Next, birthday celebrations and Mother's Day were
discarded-mare creature worship. Sister Elian Kammerud recalls: "How readily the brothers all dropped
these holidays and admitted they were g l a d to be
free. New truths always make us happy and
we
felt we were privileged to know things that others
were ignorant about."

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~ ! I W E E tCJaANGES TN VIElWFom

many images and pictures, and which images are made


and exhlblted by men: Jesus was crurilfcd by nailing
his body to a tfee,"

Advancement in understandin God's Word brought


about some other adjustments $n Cl~rlrrtlnnthlnklny.
According to Grant Suiter, the late 1920"s wcrc nutcworthy :ilong these Irnes. Ele says: "hTndilicalion of
viewpoints respecting scriptures and matters of
F E ~ ~ Useemed
~ E
to be constant during thpsc years. $%
cxun?ple, i t was in 1927 that The Wr~tckY'owcr pointed
oul l I i ~ 1the sleeping fajthIul m e m b ~ r sof tltc body o f
Cl~ristwere not resurrected in 1878 I as once thoughtl,
f h ~ life
t is in the blood and that tlif maltor of soinbc-r
rlrcss would properly be modiffctl, lSec Tha W(r!cTb
Y ' n ~ u r ~for
r 1927,pages 150-152,IGR-J(i9, 254, 255, 271, :372..)
F o r that matter, the year bernrr, tluring Iltr Lanrlon,
14Tnglnnt1, convention of May 25-31, 3 92(i, I itqollzcrRut h ~ t c
Inrrl spoke from the platform wElile : ~ ( t lr-rtlIn n busin~sa
suit, l n s t ~ n dof the formal black frork ro:~t thnt had
lung h:cn worn by public spcal;er:: nmong J e h o v a l ~ ' ~
('hrist inn witnesses.
hnolher change in viewpoint involved the "cross and
crown'"symbo1, which appeared on Ihe Tlmtch Tozmr
M V e r beginning with the issue of January 1891. In
S ~ c t ,for years many BibIe Students wort! R pin of
ihls Mnd. By way of description, C. W. Rarber writes:
"'tl was a badge reajl with a wreath of larlrel Icnvcs
ss tlm border and wtbn the wreath was n rrown wllh
n cross running through it on an angle. It looked qulle
attmcrlve and was our. Idea at that time af whnt i t
lnennt to tnke up our 'cross' and follow Chrisl. Jesus
In order t o be abIe to wear tlle rrown of victory fn
rlue time."
Concerning the wearing of ''cross and crown ping,'"
Lily R. Parnell mmmnts: 'This to Rroth~r Rtitherford's mind was Babylonish and should I)@rliscantlnued,
130 told us that when we went to thc ~h?ogJc's l~omcs
and h ~ g a nt o talk, thclt was the witncss in ilsrlf."
Actlorrllnply, refle.cting*onthe 192S Riblr St udems con.
vrntion 111 Detrolt, hhclligan, Brother Sziiirr writes:
"At the assembly the cross and crown eml~lcmswere
shown to be not only unnecessary hut ohj~ctlonnhle.
Sn wc discarded thcse items of jewelry." Somc Ihrcc
ytzars thereafter, beginning with it$ imue of Octoh(!r
15, 1931, Tfw Wuichtowsr no longer bore the cross
and crown symbol on its cover.
A few years later Jehovah's pe0pk flrst learned
that Jesus Christ did not die on a T-shaped cross. On
January 31, 1936, Brother Rutherford relensed to tho
Brooklyn Bethel l d y the new book R.lchm. .Scrip.
luraIly, it said, in part, an page 2?: "Jesus was cruriflpd, not on n cross of wood, such as is ~xhibltecl in

"YE ARE Mlf WWMESSER, 8 A m JEHOVAH''


Fur the world a shock enme on "Bl~clcTuesday,"
October 29,1929. The R ~ O market
C ~
11ad coDapsed, In the
New York Ti?nes, news of Ihls tlppearctl under the
headline "Stock Plqces Slump $14,0l1~l100~,O00
in NationWide !a:m
cde l o Unloucl; 14a11lter'si n S ~ t ~ ~ pMarlret
ort
Toda . Soieaan the Gwxt Pcprr~sionIhnl I'm through
the ?9930's. Yct, durlnp: tMn Ilrnr? o f grnve eco~lomic
distress, Jehovah Eurnlahcrl rlc11 ~plrfLt~:~X
pruvlslons
ople. And lie a110 mndc t l w ~ nvery much
?w'aEaEhr deep lgniflcnner ilnderly lnp the words.
"'Ye are m y witnrsst?s. snilh Jchovnh, r~nci I am God."

- h a . 43~15,AS,

Increazhg emphasis was h l n g placed on the divine


name. For instance, consider the principal articles in
the January 1 s t issum of T h o Watclt TOWWfor severs!
years. They wcre: " W h o \Ylll llonor Jehovah?" 119261,
' 7 ~ h h o a l l;mtI 111s WorZrs" lW271, "?Ionor Iris Namc"
I192131, "I Wilt IJralsc My Gorl" (1929)nnd "Sing Unio
Jehovah" 11!130).

In exalt in^ Jehovah's nnrnc, however the convention


of God's pcoglo al: Colnrnbua, Ohlo duty 24-30, 1931,
was a milestone. ~t wus unlclua in hat extension conventions were scheduled for 165 nthcr places, throughout the earth, But thrit: waa not the rnost Important:
factor. There WRR sn~nefhlng ~nucll m o r ~sl$nificant.
It was linlred with tlir? eni mmtk lettern "JW' appearing on the printed assrtr$>ly program anrl t h e title
Dage of Tlw Mrn.v.~~ngr.);
thr convrr~tlonnewspaper-in
fact, seen in many plnces. "When we ~ o ncar
t
tile
assembly grmtnds," rcbmurlrs Burnice E. IYilliarns, Sr.,
"we saw 'JW' all ovrr llre plnve. But not lrnowing
what it stood for, we n.cle all tr~andering,'What )s this
JW for?"' Sister Hcrsuhel Nclson recnlls: "Speculations were made aa t o what JW stood for--Just Wait,
Just Watch, and the corrcct onr
"
T h e meaning of " J W was rcvealed on Sunday, July
26, 1931, when thrllled convantioncra heartily adopted
a resolution presented by J. F;",
Rutherford and entitIed "A New Name," It salrl, In part:

...

"Now, ~ ~ O R E inI , order that our true position


may be made known, and klievLn& that this is in
harmony with the will of God, as expressed in his
Word, BE rr rmo~m,as follows, Co WIt:
'THAT
we have great love for Brother Charles T.
RusseU for his worlr's salce, nnd that we gladly ae-

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knowledge that the Lord used him m d greatly blessed


his work, yet we cannot consistenily with the Word
of God consent to bc called by the name 'Russellites';
that the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Sociely and tbe
Intcrnatio-nal Bible Students Assorrlation and the Pcoples Pulplt Association are mereIy names of co
tions whlcb as a company of Christian people ye%:;
control and use to carry on our work m obedlenee to
God's commandments, yet none of these names properly
attach to o r a ply to us as a body of Christians who
fallow in the &otsteps of our Lord and Master, Christ
Jesus; that w e are students of the Bible, but, as a
body of Christians forming an assodation, we decline
to assume or be called by the name 'Bible Students'
or similar names as a means of identification of our
proper position before the Lord; we refuse to bear
or t o bc callcd by the name of any man;
"THAT,having been bought with the precious blood
of Jesus Christ our Lord and Redeemer, justified and
begotten by Jehovah God and called to his kingdom,
rve unhesitatingly declare our entire allegiance and
devotion to Jehovah God and his kingdom: that we
are servants of Jehovah God comn~issioned i n do a
work in his name, and, in obedience io his commandment, to deLiver the testimony of Jesus Christ, and to
make known to t h e people that Jehovah is the true and
AIrnighty God; therefore we joyfully embrace and
take the name which the mouth of the Lord God has
named,and we desire to be known as and called by the
name, to wit, Jahonoh's wit$tesses."
It was obvious now. Those puzzLinff letters "JW"
stood for Jehovah's Witnesses. "1 will never forget the
Eremendous shout and applause that vibrated through
that meeting ,place when the information was finally
made known, declares Arthur A. Worsley. Herbert
H. Boehk adds: "All over the city 01 Columbus the
signs In store windou7s--Welcome r.B.S.A.'-came
down
and they new read, 'Welcome, Jehovah's Witnesses.' "
It was a thrill to receive the name Jehovah's witnesses. Not: only was that resolution entitled "A New
Name" oyously adopted by the thousands of Christ's
anointed followers assembled in Columbus. m e in.
dividual congregations later adopted the same resolution. Jehovah's witnesses had a name no one else
i n the world wanted. But God's servants were deeply
grateful for it.-Isa. 43:,B.
When he was eighty-elght years o g A. H.MacmflIan.
attended the "Fruitage of the Spirit" Assembly of
Jehovah's Witnesses in the same city. There, on August 1, 1964, Brother Macmillan made these interestfng
comments on how the adopting of that name camc
about :

"It was my privilege t o be here jn Columbus in 1931.


when we recelved . . the new Wle or name . . 1:
was amongst the five that were to make a comment
on what we thought about the Idea of accepting that
name, and I told them this briefly: I thought that it
was a splendid idea because that title there told the
world what we were doing and what our business was.
Prior to this we were called Bible Students. Why?
Because that's what we were. .hiid then when other
nalions began t o study with us, we were called International Bible Students. Eut now we are witnesses for
Jehovah God, and that title there tells the public just
what we arc and what we're doing. .
"In fact, i t was God Almighty, I believe, that led to
that, for Brother Rutherford told me hfrnself that he
woIre up one night when he was preparing for that
convention and he said, WBat in the world did I
suggest an international convention for when I have
no special speech o r message for them? Wh br&&
!hem ail here?' And then he began t o t h i d sbouf
it, m ~ dTsainh 43 came t e his mind. I-Ie got u a t two
o'cln~lr in the morning and wrote in shortgand, at
11Is own tlesk, nn ozrlllnc of the discourse he was gofng
ta give nhout the Kingdom, iho hope of illc world,
and about t h e ncw nnmc. And nll Ihat was uttered
by him a1 that time was prepared that nlghl, m that
morning at i w o o7c1ocI<.And [there i s ] no doubt in my
mind-not then nor now-that
the Lord guided him
in that, and that i s the name Jehovah wants us to bear
and we're very happy and very glad to have it!'

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"!WE -GrP)OM,
TITE HOPE OF THE WORLD"
During the CoIumbus convention--an Sunday, July
26, 1931, at noon--4. F. Rutherford*began his highly
significant y b i i c discourse 'The Kingdom, fhe Hope
of the Wor d." Roth the National Broadcast~ngCompany and the CoIumbla Broadcasting System had
denied the use of t h e i ~radio facilitks. However
Jehovah's worshipers built up a radio chain to send
the messa e from Columbus, and the American Telephone an8 Telegraph Company said, in a nutshell:

"This partictllar network is the Iargest,individual network that has ever been on the air. The message
went out over 163 radio stations in the United States,
Canada, Cuba and Mexico.
Immediately after the radio-ch%n address "The
Kingdom, the Hope of the World, and as part of
that broadcast, Brother Rutherford read a resolution
styled 'Warning from Jehovah-To the Rulers and
to the People.'%ong
ather things, it plainly declared:
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no okhm hup~." It urged the people to take their


stand on the side of God's kingdom, When Brother
Rutherford called upon his audience, seen and uaspen,
to adopt the resolution, the conventloners rose en
rnasse and shouled "Aye." Telegrams from all parts
o f the land showed that many of the radio ~udlenre
likeutiw rose and endorsed the rusolutfon.
Leaders of the world, Including the clergy, were
gomg to receive the information In Brother Ruther.
ford" sonvention address "The Kingdom, the Hope
of the World," and they would be in position t o know
the contents of the resolution 'Warnin
flam Jehovah." Furthermore, they nwded to hr! in?otmPd thnt
God's b ! e sewank had adopted thc resolution rwrillt?! "A New Name" and wn~tltf I ~ e n ~ ~ f o lhe
+lh
Icnown
as Jehovah's wilnrsscs." DisE 1.ihuIjon of I h c booklct
The Ki?lgrlonz, tl1c H o w of Il!c Wur7d m ~ d call this
possible. Resides calling on the general public Je+
huvrtb's witnesses visited clergymen, politicians, &ancicrs and mjlitary men, disCribuling Ihis puhlicntjon,
Within f ~ and
o a half months, more than 8vc milllon
had been circulated and slilI work with the hnt)hlrl
was not nearly completed.
Reflecting on that booklet qmpafgn, Fred Anderson
writes: "I called upon the bishop at La Crosso. H e
invited me into his parlor very cordially, Then I told
him why I had called. I presented the booklet lo hfm.
JTe loolted at it and said nothing. I thanked him and
took my leave. He became furious. As I passed thmu 11
the doorway he threw it at me. It SeIl on t l ~ cfloor, 8 c
picked it up and threw it again just ns I closed thr:
screen door. The door cIosed right on the booklet. C
unly hope that he read it, since he couldn't get rld
of It." Sister C. E. Bartow tells us: "ORC ministel., when
lze re?lized what I had given him, screamer1 at me anrl
said: You little know-nothing! You come h ~ r eto tell
me, an eight-year theologian!' Ifow happy I was to
serve the True God!"

M, Brid ett recrtlls: ''We traded for produce such as


cgg.gs, buqter frrfih and canned fruits, $hieken., maple
syrup; and f traded for needlework-qullt tops, cushmn
Lops, tattIng ant1 homemarle rugs. Sometimes I could
trnrle aomc or (hcse things for m room rent. . . .
[Yrara later] 1 attended a Eile~tdhlssionaly schooll
grncluation ant1 n sislcr' was there who had gotten a
rcoi 01: E I O O ~ S from rnc by t~ntiingquUt fops. She got the
trtitl~ and wns thvn a proner [f~~lI.tlrne
preacher1
nnd her son was Intercstetl."
Ardcn Pate and John C. Booth recall having small
coops on the back of thclr cars so t h a t they could
c w r y the chEcltcns 1 hey traded for literature placed
wii h IndlvIduals l~cklngmoney. Of course, bartering
~n~lhfcntionsfor chirlcens w a s not always a simple
inalter. Lnla Glolrcr wrltcs: 'We lnvered lots of

A BAR!PEFZWl SY8TE3X AT WORK


15ur3ng the 1930's great hardship was brought about
ression. Factories closed tlteir doors. By 1932
over
by
the10,Q 0,000 residents of the United States were
\vltliout employment. Farmers, city dwellers-t he p o p
ulace in gmeral-felt the effects of the Great Dc~lression.
Money was scarce, but honest-hearted ones needed
thc joyous message of Scriptlwaf truth ff individuals
were unable to contribute for BibIe literature, Jehovnh'fi
witnesses often lefl it with them free, But this could
not always be done. What was an alternative? Marga~~ct:

nppcnled.
nut something else also wa$ done. In 1933, 12600
Witncsat?~in tllc United States wlunteerfd to respond
on s tmrt notice for Irousata-house preaclnng on spcdal
missions In nl-ens of civic o position. They were orFanlzrd into sevcnty-eight clivlsfons, eadl division suppl~ed
.rvi!h n numbcr of cars, flvc workers to a car, and
flom 10 to %Hl cars were sent to a trouble spot.
Whcn some Chrlslinns were arrested in the field servlre, this was ~.cportcdto Ihe S o d ~ i y .A call went out
and on a Sunday soon thereafter all car groups in
a divlslon met at a prearranged rendezvous point,

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t~rrltnr$ in Alabama, Georgia, Florida, North and


Su~dh arolinn, nnd somc in Tennessee and hlississippi.
Cnn you visunlbc* Slstrr Green and myself chasing
irhlrkens awr Illuse blg farmyards?"
'J'mdlng Iitcmrurc f o r produce and ather things was
not tlt~ns iov sc1llr;h reasons. The people needed the
rc~orlnc*wN r~ndrllrs wrln n tvny In rrwivr it In printed
form. "WP nlwnys 1 I~l~nlfcdbcllovah for sustaining
IN," m y s ~ n x w c * lL,
l L c w l ~"ant1 wt! a7u~ctyabnrl whai
wr! ncrtlcrl In Itlr? wny of food, ahcltcr nnd clolhlng.

DIVIRIONAL aAMPAIQFS

Th1s nlso waa an era of eonddcrahle opposition to


ihc Kfn~dom.wachlng work. By 1928 Jehovah's people
wcrc wl(ness!ng from house la house on Sundays,
nnd lrnmrcltaft! oppodtion nrose. As nrrcsts rose in
nurnhcr during i h r h 1930'9, dehovah's ~v~tncsses
were
uhargcd f alsrly with sl~clit h i ~ ~ gas
s sellrng without a
XI{lcnse, dis t ur-bFng thp peacc and violating Sunday
snhhrilh Inws. Thc Wntch Tower Society esiabIished a
lcgnl dep:~rtmcnt tu rcndcr counsel, and an "Order
o t Trial' nrns issued to help Kingdom ~roclaimers
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generally In the country, recefved instructions and territory assignments and then "besieged" the town like!
" l o c u s t s , ' ~ g i h gthe whole community a wltness, sometimes wlthin as little as thirty to sixty minutes. IRcv.
9:?-9) Ln t h e meantime, a conmiittee of brothers called
on tlle.police and gave them a llst of all the Witncssps
preachng there that day. Any Kingdom publisher nrr ~ s t e d during the campaign was to Call n ccrtnln
telephone number upon arrival at the police station.
Attorneys were 'en Band with ban money to come
to his rescue.
One campaign first got mder way by sending ten
cars of Witnesses t o the territory, according to Burnice E. Williams, Sr.. who continups: "After n lliilc
while those that wcnt into the territory rvould bc
calling lmck saying they had hecn arrestcrl. Then
Zen more cars were sent in until the jail W a 8 filled

up. Then, after the jail w a s full, we would swarm


in. Y o u see, they wo~ddn'thave any place 10 lock uri
up.
after they saw we were determined to 15oi-k
the territory, they would just give up so that we cou7d
go In and work it whenever we wanterl. We w o ~ ~ l i l
aIways ivin out!'
Nicholas KovaIak, Jr., says that the Witnesses expected t o be arrested. 'When the police would arrest
us and take away our 'valuables,' every Witnesrr would
have a toofhbrmak!" he recalls. "The policeman would
ask, 'Why does everyone have a toothbrush?' All o f

...

We expected to be arrested and put In


came qrepared!' They would throw up Ihclr
hands and say, What's the uae?' They knew they
couldn't ptimidate the Wltncsses or slop their

us would

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iail, so we

preaching.
Though decades have passed since those cam algna
in >933 t o 1935, they are recalled fondly hy tllel?
tlc~pantsof tlmes gone by. "Indeed," says John
chinos, "those were thrilling years and their rncmprles
are pre~ious.Jehovah's sprrit made us fcarlcss.

BATTLE OF THE: AIR WAVES


Despite mounting op mition, Jehovah's wltnesrres
of the early 1930% bold$ declared the Kingdom messag@ ram house to house. But the good news also

found its wag into lnilljons of homes through !lie


mpdium of radio, much ta the consternation of t h e
clergy. Internationally, the Watch Tower Socjet t h ~ 1 1
w a s using 408 radio stat-ions. In the spring o f 1933,
United States Catholics launched a nationwide camaign led by cardinals, bisbops and priests. Its obective? To "drive Rutherford off the air."
Pope Pius XI proclaimed a 'T~olyyear" in 1933. On

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A 141 23, 1933, Brother Kutherfprd broadcast aver


flvrl radio statlena the hbtorlc lecture "Ebect of
11o$ year un PPRC~?
and ProsperEty." In it the vain
hopcs set out for the people by the Roman Catholic
I-Iirrarr-t~ywere brandccl a cntznterfelt of the peace
and security promised through God's kingdom. The
same Irr:lurr! wax srhhcduled lor rebroadcast over 158
stntions on Junc 25, 1933. In preparation for that
't~roaclcast,Ave mlllkln lcnftets were distributed from
t~ounr to house. T ~ Hi~rnrchy's
P
reaction was bitter
rt 11tI intrnsc. Catholic Inr itnitlation increased, and some
~*acliomanagers rrfused ICI carry any more Watch
'I"I,\VCT
pragr':1ms.
In ln t r 1933 and earl 5934, Jehovah's pm le c b
eulnfed i l nil1ionwide pclrflon protesting these &tholie
ncts. Addrcssrrl to Congrcss i t finally bore 2,416,141
signaturrfi. O n October 4, 1431, J. F. Rulherford a p
octired hcforc the Fedelal Co~nmunicntionsCommjssion.
flc citrrl spcciflc infilnnces nnd statistics showing that
C1:~tIloliu )rmrssul-e
had seriously impaJrVedthe f r ~ c d o m
o f wol.ah/,) of Jehovilhk swllncsses and the use of the
rl~illc~
Iri ,uhltc. lnl c r s s l ~ . l 3 c s 1 ~ l t rthe Pacts, rifler recbc,lvTn i/w ,r!sl lrn(lny, the l'rdcrnl Cnm~nunications
~orn!n~srrirlntl[rl Ill l lr. Hstlw, Jr!hovnhls servants circhulnlrrl unothr.~prhtlt Ion ttirougl~oult h e Unlfcd Slates,
Also nclilr.c\.rsrrl to <:r ~ngl+css,
it was ~lrest.nterlIn January
l!):15 wit 11 %,2X11.,12R r;lgnnlutacs,1'Iic sccand petition went
~~nllccilrtl.
Sul~s~clurnltlevelopmenI s nllimalely led to
tlir- c:irculal i 1 1 or
~ 11 I htrA nnlio~i?lpetition, Its 2,630,000
s i ~ n c r sprotcaslctl ucllons of Intlmidation and boycott
ant1 re urslrrl a puhlir: dehntc h ~ t w c e na high oficral
of tho 7,0,n*, n Gal hollc Church and Jut1 e Rutherford.
11, worki;:g with !tiis petillon, Lconnrti
Brawn, Sr.,
says Ite 1'0~1ntl
rnrlrly Catholics who said they wodd
bc Imp 3y 10 hear Ihla dchnte." Thc petition was filed
with t \ ~ c Fprlrral Cornrni~nlcatlons Commission on
Novcmbrr 2, 1'536, hut it also wcnt unheeded.
Though nu Catholic omclnl would debate with RntherEord, in 1937 the Society ublished the booklet entitles
Uncovered." it pFrsenle! hasic Bible doctrines, par.
tlcularly In refutation of f:lIse Catbolic teaehin,gs. *While
thr huusrholdsr followcd along In the publlcatlen, a
\$rilnrss wotzZrI play on n pot.tn2)le phonograph Brother
ltnlhrrford's trrord 6rrIes "Exposed." With the aid of
I tte r ucst ion l ~ o o l ~ ld101Zc.l
rt
S t ~ r r l yNo. 1, a Bible srudy
roold 1,r hrlcl. Rrcitrding !list Frlvin P.Sargcnt wnier:
"I rvns Invitcd I n hrlnq this series into one man" home
and h e inviter1 thrrc altler couples 01 his relatives in for
t h c studies. I t toolr scver~lweeks to cover this and
other subjccts, such ns 'Religion and Christianity.' Of
the eight p5opllr ultendlng, six made thew dedication

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After October 31, 1937, Jehovah's


ple voluntarily
withdrew h o r n commercial broadeasgg. On later occasions the Societ s resident delivered public lectures
over a network oYrada stations, and, of course, WBRR
continued operating ta God's glory. But from Intc
1937 onward into the 19401s,increased use was made
of the portable phonograph and recordings of 231hl~
talks to carry the Kingdom message t o the homes of

After the 1935 canvention some who previously


partook oY! the emblematic bread and wine a t ohservnnces of the Lord's Evening Meal ceased partaking. Why? Not dtir to unfatthf~~lnese,but because
they now reall7.d that t h ~ l rhopes were earthly, not
heavenly. Antl, wherens the So( icty's publications of
Iclrrn~r
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millions.

lWRO MAKE PP !cHE ''aREAT MaL.-E1?


That had been a burning question among Jehovah's
peo Ie for years. Long had they viewed the "great
muRitudC**c6rgreaterom~;~N W ) as R seconda
spir.
ihal clil~awho would be assr~riatedwith t l ~ ?44,00
c
anointed ones in heaven, like hridesmnids nr "corn.
panions'hf this Bxidc of Christ. (Ps.45:24, IS; I:Pv.
7:4-15;21:2, 9 ) In addition to this, ag r ? ~ r l yas 1Y23
the "sheep" of Jesus' parable of the shcep and the
goats were identified as a present-clay earrhly class wIio
would survive Armageddon into God's promiserl ncw
order. (Matt. 25:31-46;Rev. 16:14,16) T h e 1931 volume
Viwrlicatios (Book Onel identified the pcrsons rnnrlct-d
on l l ~ eforehead for preservation (Ezek. chap. 91 ns Ille
"sheep" of Chrlst's parable. In 1932 It was concluded
that this present-day class o f "shcep" had been prefigured by Jehu's assodate Sonadab. First in 1931 wns it
made clear that these "Jonadabs" with earthly ho us
s110uld "consecrate." or enter a dedicated relallon.;\iill
wll h Jehovah, and be baptized. But Ihe idcntlty of t h ~
" ~ r e 8 1multitudr" referred to In Revriation chapter T
w ; ~ ssHll understoad the same as previous1y held.
Uncrrtdntics oflaut the "great rnultlturlr" were re.
moved when Rrothcr Ruthcrlnrd rlisc~issccl thnt sub.
jrct cluring the nsscrnbiy of .TehavahRswitnesses on
May 30 to Jlmc 3, 1935, in Washington, D.C. In that
dlscotu.se It was shown Scripturally that the "great
muItItutlc1' w a s synonymolxs with the "other she.^^^"
nf the time of the end. Webster L.Roe recalls that ?it
a climactic moment J. F. Ruthmford askcd: "Will nll
thosc who have the h o p of living forever an thc cafth
please stand?" Accordrig to Brother me,"over Iralf
of t h e audience stood," and the speaker then said:
"REF-IOLD?THE GREAT MULTFTTTDE!" 'Thcre was
at first a hush,"' recalls Mildred N. Cobb, "then n
gladsome cry and the cheering was loud and long."
Soon the convention was ok-er, but it had starled
something--a search. 'With enth~rsiasmrunning high
and renewed spirituality, we went back to our terrltorjes to search for these sheeplilre people who were
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nnolntcc fnllow~rs,Isom 199.1 onward T h o Wntcittuw~r


n I I other
~
Christinn Iltera 1ure provided spiritual food

to l~enrlttbut11 the anointed rlass and their companions

having earthly prospects.


LET

~~ RING O m ?

During the 1930's Kin~domproclaimers wed transcription rnach3ncs In Ihrlr search for sheeplike ones.
I-lenry Cantwell tells us thls about them: "In 1933,
LIE Ihe Society hcgan to expand the preaching work,
nrrrrngen~enls w r w made I n have recordings of l e e
turrrt hy I3roth~r J. F. Rutherford resented In all
p;lrll; or tlw vountry. To do this the
produced
\vl~r~lwrrr cr~llrtl el~rlrical transcription machines.
'1'l)rv:s wlnnhIr~~y:r*~ p r l ~ ~ p w o u n
phono~raphs
tl
with an
i'lr111
i~lrlc-~tl~
nr I nrw nl-m 11nt1nrnpljflrr and loudHIII~:IIC(~I+
tl~nl ol~r*l'nt(l~lfrom hnllrrirs. . . . Wr had a
vnrl(xly r ~ 1f llcrs(1 ~.r!c-r~r.~llnl:s.
Sonir wt?rr:complrte within
I l ~ c ~ ~ n s r ~otllcar'n
l v r ~ ~ ;i o ~ ) l t1wo 01" f o u r rrcords to conl1~IvIc~
n lr!c~l~irr.
So wr hnd talks for 15 minutes, 30
~nlnutcsnncl n n r hour. TI] thls wa we were able to
hold public meetingr in t h e v a r k s territories we
cbl(b~-!

worfcetl."

F:xplaining this work further, Julia Wilmx writes:


"Wo would tlrsl locatr a hoinc, or at times a publlc
btilIcll!~g,an oltZ lmrn or evtsn a churcl~,where we could
pul on nn hour inlk. Then most aP the clay would be
olng from house to house advertising tlie talk,
%::k$nc
to go hack and get those who had no
transport ation!'
Drlrln~one serfes of twelve transcription meeting&
thc same teri?tory was cover& three times Wth Bmle
tttcrat ur'e and lour iImes with announcements. Placards
in s t o w windows and signs for the Witnesses' cars
nlso ntlvertiscil the rnmIing8. F i n e rrsitlts were attntnetl, with mnny corning together in permanent
studies and evtan joining in the preaching work.
"The Sod~Zy used hundreds of these 33 1/3-rpm
transcrlpfinn recortls ta broadcast the Kingdom mes7: c," nccordlng to Jtalph IT. Lcffler, who also remarks:
wcrc used by fiound en1.s and truclis. . . The
words 'Kingdom Mcssnge' were seen on the slde of
many a holn nnd, of cuurse, that WRB t h e theme. Up
nnd down Ibe strecls nnd over the countryside the

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message was heard. . . . Sometimes on a rpiet evening


with the sound car stationed on the top of a hill
overlooWng a small city in the valley below the sound
could be heard miles away."
Giving his recollections, Henry A. Cantwell states:
' W e would ga into an area, play some musical recordings to attract attention, makc a brief announce
ment through the micro hone and then play one of
the tallrs, Then we rvoufd announce that individuals
would be calling at the doors to present further information to those who desired it." There were sound
boats, too, and their operations were similar.
The sound service performed by Jehovah's witnesses
was not without i t s opposcrs, however. For instance,
Lennart Johnson w f i t e s :
"At one location in the 11th Street suburbs south of
Rockford LIIlinolsl one person did not enjoy the
sound-car work nor t h e Kingdom message. Overwhelmed with uncontroIIable emotion, this woman
drew up in her car beside the sound car and, as xf to
drown out the words of the speaker, kept her o w n
loud car horn blasting wide open for three or four
minutes. The only result was to run down her own
battery, evidenced by her car !lorn getting weaker ancl
weaker!'
On the other hand, some sound-car experiences were
on the humorous side, "At first some people got
frightened," remarks Julia Wilcox, adding: "They
might be out in ihe field at work, far away from the
sound car, and they said It sounded like a voice coming
out of the heavens talking about God. We even heard
of some Iamilies leaving the farm work and going to
thrir homes, thinking judgmenl day had come."

Shortly after that assembly about 200 specially


chosen pioneers throughout the United States were
sent i n t o the large cities where there already were
congregations of God's people. Equipped with portable
phonographs, these fulI-time pubhshcss went: to warlr.
Soon Jehovah's witnesses in general became "phonograph-minded" and more than 20,000 of these machines
had to be manufactured a t the Society's Brookl
plant
in just two years. Even then, demand exceedegipsupply
as thousands of Kingdom proclaimers wound up the
pl~onographand let truth ring out for all to hear.
The phonographs used by Kingdom publishers them
selves underwent change wit11 the passing of time.
About: 1934 there was a strong, ,compact model, with
a spnng-wound motor and carrylng space for several
discs. With 6 discs, it weighed twenty-one pounds. The
publishers got some exercise with that one. About two
p a r s later the Sociel had one of Lighter weight. Then,
a t r m e n t i o n s in 1948, a new vertical-type honograph
wnfi Inlrorluced. Designed and built by bro&ers at the
Srrt,lrlyk l~r~:~dquarliri.s,
the p h o n o ~ r a p h Iayed in an
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WIND U P THE PHONQURAPH!


For years the portable phonograph played an important part in Kingdom-preaching. In the development
of this work the general convention of Jehovah s witnesses, September 15-20, 1937, at Columbus, Ohio, was
significant. Elwood Lunstruxn gives us this comment on
that gathering:
"At this assembly the work using the ortabh honograph on the doorstep was introduced! ~ o r r n e z ywe
had been carrying the phonogra h with us in the service, but we had only played it &en invited inside. . . .
"An organization of 'Special Pioneers' was outlined
at the Columbus convention to spearhead the use
of the doorste setup with the phonograph and the
followup worf with interested persons (first then
calIed 'back-calls') and Bible studies with an arrange.
ment called 'model study! "

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~ ~ ' t ' l r n :,I


p ~Iiti
, lr! 111nch.Tlt!!~rnc~tlclgrearly facilitated
pl-rnrhing wnl-lr.
Now Imnglnt! yo)rortrsrlt In the ffeld service as a
KLn~:(lom )rt~r~lntrnci*
some tlirer dccadea ago. "When
I h c I I U ~ F ~ C ~ I O ~ A Copened
T
the door, we would say, 'I
have a message fur you." Down the needle went and
Brother Rutherford" voice boomed out," recalls L. E.
Rwsch. "At the end of the message," remarks Angelo
C. Manera, Jr., "the speaker would mention t h e book
we were featuring and how much it cost. Then we
would present the book and plfce it, if there was interest," "We were never rude, comments George L*
McKee, "but we were sure that everpne needed to
hear the good news of the Kingdom.
TIIF honogpaph worlc was not carded on without
oppositk. Ernest Jansma tells us4 'There were cases
of some having their honographs i i t e r a ~ yand viciously smashed right be&re their eyes. Others had them
ruthlessly thrown off porches. One brother in the
Middle West stood by and watched an angry farmer
blow his madline into ob!ivion with a shotgun, then
lleard pellets whine past his auto as he left the scene.
They were vicious and religiously fanatical in those
days." Amelia and Elizabeth Losch tell of an occasron
when the recording "Enemies" was played for a crowd
on the porch o f a certain home, After the talk ended,
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one woman took the record off the machine and


broke it, saying, 'You can't taIk about my pope like
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Despite opposition, the phonograph work went on.


Gradually, use of this instrument in the field service
dropped oft in t h e 1940's. After 1944 this decade-Iong
preaching campaign with the phonograph began to be
replaced by oral witnessing a t the doors.
Among witnessing aevlces employed in past ears
was the testimony card, introduced late in 1
9
d and
used well into the 1940's. John and Helen Groh explain: "Publishers of the good news were not so
numerous as they are today and not so well trained.
To assist us in our work and for better coverage
of the tedtory, we used what was known as a testimony
card. These were short rinted sermons, which people
were asked to read. $here peopIc refused t o read
it, or hecarne annoyed bccause of not having their
glasses handy, we would relate to them thc equivalent
of what was on the card."

TO ADVERTISE THIE: KINGDOM


A significant work that brought Jehovah's people
to public notice, while advertising the Ring and Kingdom, bad its start at a convention in Newark, New
Jersey, during 1936. Further development o f it came
at an assembly in London, England, In 1938. Years
later, this work was given the dignity that it deserved
by being called information marching. Thinking
back to the Newark convention in 1936, Rosa May
Dreyer remarks: " 'Sandwich signs' or placards hung
from one's shoulders, front and hack, were used to
advertise Ihe main talk. TThe publfsher was "sandwiched" between the placards.] Handbills were also
distributed."
During the 1938 London convention, at J. F. Rutherford's suggestion, some information marchers carried
very thought- rovoldng signs mounted on sticks. In
fjart. A. D. ~ciroedcr(who then had oversight of the
ociety's branch office in England) tells us:
". The next night Brother Knorr and I led tke
first s eclacular parade that came ta be about six
miles brig, with nearly a thousand brothers marching through the central business section of London.
Every othcr marcher would carry the 'Face the Facts'
placard [advertising the public talk to be given at
Royal Albert Hall], while the next would camy the
sign 'RELIGION
IS A S N AND~ A RACKET.'My, what
a spectacle that was that night!
"The next morning Brother Rutherford called me t o
his office for a report as to what happened. I reported that we aroused much attention, that many
called out after us, 'Communkts.' So he thought for
a few minutes, doodling again with his pen. Another
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celed off and gfven t o me, reading: ' S ~ V E


H e aslred me whether
I thought putting such a slogan on a third sign might
not neutralize that catcall reaction of the previous
night. I said, 'Yes.' So, he instructed that this slogan
be printed and used for the next parade tw? nigh!i.s
later. That we d ~ d ,~ t h ~ f i nresults.
e
Accordmgly, in
this way with tho three signs alternated we conducted
several remarkabIe parades before the dates of the
assembly, September 9-11.Since the British government
for years had denied us the use of the radio for our
educational programs and announc@ments,this parade
method proved must effecthe for notifying the public."
For Gladys Bolton, information marching was "the
hardest work of all." She also says: "Each pfacard
read differently, hut t h e one that stands out in my milid
is 'Relidon Is a Snare and a Rack~t'!
h o w the
clergy 'loved' that!" Concerning thc sign
el~gronIs
a Snare and a Racket," Ursula Serenco observes: " g i s
was the time when we did not designate 'true religion'
nnrl 'false religion'; all religion in totality was had.
Th(* Ilve we referred to as 'worship,' while the false
wrts ' ~ I l g l o n ,"'
At ttlmcs there wan open hostility to information
marching. "In Yome towns like Pittston [Pennsylvania]
wc wrr'c not reecrlved I~ospilably,"says John 8. Sov rda.
"Mnny people would spit on us, call us al! kin s of
dirtv names and say we were Commnlsts. They
wodd throw things i t us, and some would actually
strike us with their ffsts."
Why, then, did Jel~ovah's witnesses engage in in.
farmatton marches? "Mostly because we felt it important for the people t o know the facts pemining
to false worship and the oppositron It was showing
toward our Christian work," remarks Charles C. Eberle.
Angela C. Manera, Jr., comments: "We loo!red at each
new feature of service that would be outlln~ldfor us
to do as another way to serve Jehovah, another way
to prove our loyalty to him, as another test of our
integrity, and tvc were anxious to prove ourselves willing to serve him in any way he asked."
Grant Suiter reminds us that, by Watchtower announcement, infomation marchlng was discontinued
after October 1939, but he adds: "'This unusual and
successful means of directin the attention of many
persons to thc minislry of $ehovahis witnesses was
unique in its time. Its IemInation, as well as ils use,
shows Jel~ovah'sdirection in the matter. At this late
date [Che 1970'sl, public demonstrations of all kinds
are carried on, but we are not participating therein in
any way, nor can anything that wc are doing be
confused with such demonstrations!'
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SPREIADINQ

"TRUE WISDOM''

!CHROUGH WAGAZZNES
Kingdom publishers had excellent opportunttles
to help gather the "great cro~vd" and spread true
wisdom by offering subscriptions for The Watchtowsr
and ConsoZation in their house-ta-house preaching.
During the first Consolation, subscription campaign, in
April, M a y and June 1938, 73,006 new subscriptions
were obtained in the United States. The first annual
Watchtower subscription campaign took place from
January through May of 1939, when Jehovah's witnesses in the Un~tedStates alone oblained over 93,000

new subscriptions.
But Tho Watchtower and ConsoZation were yet t o
come to pubIic attention in a special way. "True
wisdom" wo~rlrl virtually 'cry aloud in the streets!
(Prnv. 2:20) How? Through magazine street work,
which had its start in February 1940. In this activity,
Jehovah's servants took positions on busy street. corners, wearing over their shoulders specially designed
and lettered magazine bags that identified the two
journals and indicated the suggested contributionfive cents a copy. Holding ConsoEa.tw~zaloft, the Kingdom proclaimer might call out, "Publisl~esfacts no
other magazlne dares to print." Other slogans included "Exposes the religious racket" and "Thc Watchtower explains the Theocratic Government." Magazine
publishers were urged to be moderate in s eech on the
street, gursuing a dignified murse. Neediess to say,
passers y were attracted and many responded favorably,

Would you like to know how the idea of magazine


strrct work developed? S. E. Johnston rwalls that in
1939 t h e Snciety wrote t o all zone servants .(predccessors of torlny's drcuit overseers) asking them to try
diffc~e'entways of g ~ t t l n gTko Watchtower and Consolufion Into iIle hands of the people, Brother Johnston
thought about newsboys with bags over their shoulders.
"Wily not try something Like that?" he reasoned. Dave
and Emma Reusch agreed to malie magaxine bags
an? their daughter, Vera Coatcs, put colorful silkscreen
inscriptions on them-"Watchtower
on one side, Consolation on the cther." When Brother Johnston visited
the little congregation in Concord, California, a group
oineci him In street witnessing. He writes: "The folowing week the Reusches made us more magazine
bags, and this lime we tried it on the business streets
of Oakland. Some brothers wcre a little timid a t first,
but the street work caught on and we started getting
orders from other companies Ccongregatiensl for magazine bags. At this point, I made my report t o the

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The Sodety
Sodety, sendin them a sample bn .
m o t e me, thanfing me and all of us %r the experiment.
and saying that they would make announcement in
the InfomanE soon. They did."
The Society made arrangements to provide magazine
bags. Nicholas Rovalak, Jr., tells us: "The publishers
of the Passdc, New Jersey, congregation had .the
privilege of making the magazine bags for the Society.
VJe cut the cloth and sewed it into magazine bags. O n
Saturday and Sunday all who ualified and volunteered
would assemble al Brother *rank Catanzarops pants
factnry and have the privilege of sewing the magazine
bags for our brothers throughput the country. . .
tht? Society wol~lddo the nntmg. So evcrg time we
saw a rnagazme bag, we fe& we had had a little share
in advertising Jehovah's kingdom."
What was it like to make one's ArsP appearance on
the street corner with The Watchtowsr and Golasolution
back in Fchruary 1940? Peter D7Mura answers: "Row
well 1 recall February 1, 1940! . . . How were we oing
tn hc rerrivcrl? What would be the reaction of our
nelchbors :inti lownspcop!c? W e wcrr! excitcd. We were
oint: lo do 1Ihs for two hour% . . W m * tvo surprised!
5 s we rnllcrl rlut 1110 pro r r slogens nntl npprnnrhcd
~ P O ~ I C WP llnrl surhcrrs.$I% eneh plamd mnny mngn-

~incs."
Recalling public renctlon, Grace k Estep states: "At
Arst thcrc was a kind of stunned surprise mingled
with amusement and sometimes anger, and then a
great deal of embarrassment as people scuttled from
one siac o f the street to the other in an effort to dodge
ihe neighbors to whom they didn't want t o speak and
yet were ashamed to ignore. After the Arst few weeks,
however, they just gave up and were conveniently engrossed in conversation or window-shopping as they
ran the gauntlet oof street publishers.''
At t i m e s moh violence erupted while Jehovah's servants engaged in magazine street work in those earlier
days. For instance, 8. S. Robbins recalls an angry
mob that assaulted him and other Kingdom publishers
while they wcre doing magazine street work in San
Antonio, Texas, some years ago. As things turned out,
the Witnesses were not injured, but they, not the
mobsters, were arrested, Brother Robbins adds:
"When we were released we went back to the
Kingdom IEall to reorganize and see what we would,
do next. . . . We reorganized and went right back.
"By the time we got back downtown there was an
'extra', newspaper out and the cry of the newsboys
was: Jehovah's witnesses arc run out of town,' and
here we were all over the streets again.
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certainly not run out of town and were not about
to go!'
4 ~ L E C l T V EELDERS"

In Scripture, God's people are charactedzed as shee


having Jehovah as lhclr heavenly Shepherd. (Ps.2 8 : g
9; 80:3; Ezck. 34:11..16)In addition to his tender care,
they enjoy the aid and direction of the Fine Shepherd,
Jesus Christ, as well. as the assistance of other shepherds within the Christian congregation. (Matt. 25:3146; Luke 12:32; John 10:1416; 1 Pet. 21-4) Among
God's people from the 18Ws down into 1932, men who
had been voted into the ofice of cldcr congregatlonally
supervised congregational Bible studies and lectures.
Men who were voted into the oficc of deacon congregationally assisted them. According to C. W, Barber, elders
"mould lead in spiritual matters, conducting meetings,
giving talks and taking the general oversight," whereas
dcamns "would be used as ushers, taking care of the
seating arrangements and helping out in material
ways."

The elders and deacons were elected congregatlanalIy


each year by a showing of hands on the part of persons associated with each congregation. "As to voting,"
explains Herbert H. Abbott, "then it was thought that
at Acts 14~23 the Greek word rendered 'ordained'
[King James Version; "appoinled," New World TransZationl related to stretching forth the hand and meant
to be a voter at those elections of class leaders. [See
Acts 14:23, Rothsrhn?n,l W e did not then know that
it came to be used in the srnse of avpoint or dcsfgnatr!
by,,lhr? apastlcs or ovvrning bocly.
Whnl rlr?termiuef the spiritual caliber o f those
selecl~cl for co~i~regalionaloversight?" asks Henry
A. Rlic?+b. Jn part, hc answers: 'Well, for one thing,
no novice was selected, and that cerlriinly was Scrip.
turnl. Prior to the business meellng, the qualifications
Sor 13fficewelae read fmm 1 Timothy 3:1-13 and Titus
J:5-9." "When the list of nominees was completed,"
says Edith R.Brenisen, "we were earnestly adrnonishcd
to consider carefully and prayerfully the qualifications
and capabllilies of each one nominated, according to
the Bible, asking for the guidance of the holy spirit
fn making our decisions. . . . we met again at the
appointed time to elect those who had been nominated."
In some places, prablems arose in electlng elders.
"Electioneering and rivalry" are remembered b Sister
Avery Brirto!~, who says: "This caused divlsgn and
factions among the brothers and sisters In some congregations and sume would not even speak to others of
another group." James Rcttos remarks: "Some would
even become very angry if they were not voted in."

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Problems sometimes arose in connection with fleld


service. Ursula C.Serenco writes: "All wet: along well
until the announcement came of all ialring part in
house-to+housewitnessing with literature and paficularly the Sunday houseto-house work-this in 1927.
Our electivc elders opposed and tried to +disc?urage
the whole class from taklng up or engaging In any
part of such work. The class began to take sides and
division began to manifest itself." The attitude of some
of the elders toward the house.to~house preaching
work was of vital concern. So a specific pomt m q h t
be made of that in the yearly voting. For instance,
according to EX. Robert Dawson, back in 1929 cnndiiidates
for elder and deacon in Pitlshurgh, Pennsylvania, had
to answer this question: "Am you willing fo partieip~te

service work?"

Certain elders ,had a feeling of superjority a ~ i d


wanted only to give talks, according to Sister J. M.
Norris. She adds: "Others were critical of the articles
In Tlta WnEcl~z'owsr,not wnntmg to accept it as still
God's chnlr~elof truth, always trying to Influence others
In 111~11- wny or thinking."
Tt H 111111 Id n(avPr h(l roncluded, however, that a11
~ l c r l a r lP ] ( ~ ~ * F l~ntl
H
2 1 1 ~wlhungnllllutlt! or splrlt. Many
faIlh~ul1 tllschiir~~rl
t b4s rtlsponsltlilltles RS Christian
~ h , * ~ v l ~ w * rOEf q (;o(I'E~ P D P ~ P( L, Pet. 5:1.4\ "Only R few
~ t ~ r nlw:iys
. ( ~
llirowlng ~ t i i m h l l nblocku
~
in lhe way of
Iht! prenching worIr," says Ja1nc.s A. Earton. hccorcli~~g
i o Roy F. Ilcndrix, "many of them were truly dedicated
Bible Students, really witnesses of Jehovah." Clarence
S. I'iuzzey observes: "Many of these elders were fine
mature ChrIstIan brothers concerned with the welfare
of the congsegatian.'Vehovah was shcphcrding his
people, and he was pleased to use such men lor ihe
benefit of his dedicated worshipers.
"Elective eldersv supervised congregational activities
f o r many years, With the coming of 3932, however, a
teinposary change toot< place. Older rncrnb~rsof the
Brooklyn Bethel family still rec~.ll the meeting held
on Wednesday evening, October 5, 1932, at Apollo Hal1
in Brooklyn. Some 300 members of t h e New York congregation ihen passed a resolution ending the electing
of elders in New York city. (See The Watchtower. of
Sepiember 1, 1932, pages 265 and 266, as well as the
issue all October 15, 1932, page 314.t Nearly all other
congregations promptly stopped electlng elders, passlng
sInlilar resolutions. Thus the year 1932 witnessed the
replacement of "elecuve elders" with a group of mature
Christian men called a '"errvice committee,: elected by
the con regation to assist the local servrce director
wlzo ha6: been appointed by the Watch Tower Society.
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problems,
and certain +d!vlduals left the or~snlmtlon.
lowever, the vast rnq~ontyof the con~rcgntloniand
those associated with them accepted l l ~ corgnnlznttonal
adjustment ~ratefully.

0DEVZXOPMENTS IN
ORCkANadTIONAL STItIJClCUXtE
For many years only brothers wlla were anointed
followers of Jesus Christ filled posltlons nP re8 on~lbilltyin the Chrisdan congregndon, But in 1937 l%rc
was n change. Writes Grant Suiter: "Org~nlzntlonnlIy
we were assided by the counsel of TFLPWrrlclrfurrri'
nt May 1, 1937, to the effect t h a t Zliosr? who were o f
Ihe dnnadah class [having eniallrly prrls rctsl rnigllt
Ilc nppoint~!l to positions of service i n $6 canErcj:nIlons.
rhe August 15 issut? 01 TILE IVtitrlr~nruer
11olntcd out that Sonadabs cuul(l serve on ~ c ~ r cornv i ~
rniliecs and In oihcr similar capadtics In thc conlpnnlrs
Icon~regntions3."According to T?!ctr~ntcltlolrrcr, "Jnnarla hs" cauld become "company servants," or presidlllg
nverstters, I f qualified members nf thc dnolnlcd l'rninanl were not available t o seive. "We see how J ~ h o v n h
w a s paving the way in preparation fnr Ilir! grrni Inrrrnse that was yet to come in," snid Norrnnn Lnr'son,
ndtllng: "It certainly opcncd new horizon!, for thosr?,
Iilic myself, who were of the earthly class.

...

In 1938 there was another signiffcant orgtinizationnl


development. T h e Watqhtowev arlfclcs "Unity in Action"
(May 15) and "Organtzation" {dune 1 and 15) showcd
tlfnl al~ll~ority
to appoint overseers and their nsalslants
d ~ t not
l
rcst wit11 indiviclunl con~rcgntlons.It was sug~rstcrcl ttrnt congrcgatinns t l ~ r o ~ ~ ~ hl tct r~ u
worltl
t
co~E i(lr*r n rrxsolution prt~srnled tn %Iw: Wrrtck totrmrr,rc.
q~lrsllng t hnt "The Sacicty" o r ~ n l l i z cthr! congrrgation
Irlr stmrviw and "appoint tllc v a r i o t ~wrvnnls thrreof;'
thnt Is, all those who would fill t h e positions of rcspon.
slljilit y locally. (See The W ntchfou!cr for 1938, pitgrs
l!i9, 1H2, 183.) Most congregations nrlapl r(T this rrsnla.
rlcln, and the few that dld not soon lorit Ihdr spirittu~l
vision nild the privileges they had in conncdlun with

ICingdom service.

THE

4 d m aEIW ~ ~ ~

Jehovah, the heavenly Shepherd, makes rlch apirliual


revisions far his people. A great art jn fecdinl: them
played by Christian meetings, &eb. 10:24, 251 Often
God's modernday servants have n e t In privnte homes
~ n t rentcd
l
public buildings. But the heavenly ldngdorn
lvns born in 1914 C.E. So, in time God's people hc,q:~~r
rsnlling their principal meeting places the "Kingdom
Hall of dchovah's iitncsses."

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Amording to Damentco Flnelll, the R r s t Kingdom


Ed was built: ert Roseto, Pmnsylvnnl~l, tn 1927, and
he says that it "was tnaugur?;t.d with a ~ b l i ctalk
by Brother Giovsnnl DeCecm. llowcvcr, t\e general
use of the name "Kingdom E-Iall" rnmr: into vogue
from 1935 anward. Dtirill~:that yrar, t l ~ cWnlch To~vcr
SotieQ's president, mT. F. 'It~~lherlord,
vlsilerl the Hawaiian Isfands and Inlllntrd l l ~ ( ! establishment of a
branch officejn IIonolulu. A I . ~ A T ~ ~ Pwrre
~ P made
~ ~ s for
an assembly hall in conllcctinn wlth
t~mnchI~uilding. This auditorium was cl~:s!gnated Icingtlorn I-Iall."
From I939 onwtlrd, .Tehovnll1s wlbnesacs In varioua
places have rent crl hullrllngs, litter1 thcln l'clr nsselnbly
and used them as Klngtlom lInlls. Orten congrcgatjflns
have purchased proprr t y, ~~cnovnlcrl
buildtncs or rbrected
new structures to serve as places to n7cr.t qnr Bible
and worship of Gorl, W. L. P ~ l l cfittingly reE % e d not long ago:
he KingrIom Hnlls are attractive on the mbfde,
m y nnrl prndlcal on the R ~ i d r .neaIdes, since they
arc! nltrnc$Ivt!In R prar:incr, Ihry ~ l v t !a ~ I l c n twtncaa ns wrll ns rnnf r. pcmrsrrtiur l r IIPW Intrrrst C~cl'at
home' wlic*n l l i ~ yI ~ I I ~ P Illy
.,
?nlnthrb ( : r ~ u t ( ~nrnoullt
r
of lnbor In hztll(1Enj: Iirkr I>rv*nr*rml~~ltnrlvrlI-ry our own
hrol hcra nnrl I I I I > A O ~ t ~ * ~ *Inlvr~-nI
ply
IVI, WP h~tvc! not:
I~ndlo r e ~ n r tt c l V~i~llrllnf:ilnrl lor111'r w ~ ~ ~ n l z n l l ~(of
rri~
the Dcvll0.rworlrl). ' l + l i r a nipit111rlnil I I H N C ~ H r('rnaIt1 wllh.
in t.he use of Jcllnvr~lfs rnoplt~. Tlir silmc was true
with respcet to thc ismcl\trsl 'tcnt In the wildcmcss'
many years ago, fAc'ts 7:1?1 1 way asked not long
ago, Why do you people cr~llyour b u l l d l n ~a "ICingdorn
Hall"?' I replied 1l;nt the very Llrst m~nniiuggiven In
rrly dictionary is: tlall: nil ediflcu rlcvntcrl tr~ public
husiness,' Our Kfngrlorn Hnlls are devoterl exclusi\?ely
to the business of the A l m i ~ h l yGod and 111s kingdom.
So, there could not he a more ~pproprinlcname,"
Z O m SERVICE R!iXENGl'IlENd

m ~ ~ ~ morr,F:
v ~ ~ ~ l s

increasin~ numbers of the " reat rrowdl'


streamed into Kingdom IIails hack in The 193OPs, an
activity lnegnn thal was rloslgnerl to strenglhcn IIle
congregations 01 God's people. (Rsv. 7::)) I1 wns the
zone work, countcrpnrt of rlrcuit work today. About
twenty congregations In n pnrtkuhr area of the
country formed unt: zone. The Soclety appointed a zone
acrvant to visit each congrrgatiol~and ~t?nerall spend
one week with it, IIis pllr usc tvsr lo sircnyfzen the
tongregadon orgonizatfona\g and nlso t o aid i t in Llie
preachir~gwork. Frorn tinlr to time, Zhc co11;:rcgations
m a zone gathered f o r n zono ttssembIy, l ) ~ c r e1 0 reAs

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celve BiblEcal instruction and spfrltual nld, Special


nervanls were sent out from the Socicty*~
hcndquclrtera
to serve at these assembljes. The zolw wrlc got unrlclr

Jehovah's witncss~s resespect the fln


thelr Bibllcal
obligations and relntfonsl~lp( 0 Gnd alr%ily forbid them
lo salute any Imagr. To .T~hovnl~*s
scrvants this would
be an act of woi*shIp conlrary to thc rinciples set
forth in the Ten Cornmsndtncnls. (Ex.20:t-61 The reply
also showed that Christlnn parmts primarily are
responsible for teaching tllelr chf ldrccn onti that the
children must be 1auy:ht thi! truth ncmrdlng lo their
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way as of October 1, 1938, and cuntinrrcd t111+oug11


Novrmber of H.11.
FAgar C. Keitnedy shows how Chrlfitlnns responded
t o thc zone w o ~ k saying:
,
"'Tieiir spirit was RI ~-ollgnntl
tlreir npprecialion for our visits was l o v i n ~ l ycxl~rosscrl.
All o f the companies Ccongregntionsl wcrc! small, h i t
you could see a stirring among them. Bcc:~usoof thclr
willfng acceptance of the theocratic insl~uctlnns,t h r i c
love jor the truth, their response 10 group trel.vk,c!
nnd their work with the model stutlics, ~i[:ns of Growl 11
wrl-r?hrglnning to appear. S v v ~ r n tnew cwtrmpnnjcsbcgnn to trc forrneil."
"BALVATION BELONGS 9'0 JETlOVJWZ"

A strong Christian organization ccrl ainl y wna n&ed


in tllosc days because Jehovah's w l l ~ c v i e smtbre tlie
objccls of inten,% persecution. Much uf tlrts llnd I f %

utnrt in 1935. ZIow so? U'eIl, a t the Wnrhinpton, D,C.


c+onvention, on Monday, Jrme 3, Brol Ilrr ~ltltllcrfax*d
rcspond~dt o a query on the flag salulc hy cI~ilrlrcn
in school. He told the canventlon nutlienco lhnl 10
snlutc nn earthly ernbIern ~lsct.ibln xnIvr!lion tu I t ,
was unfaithfulness to ~ o d ~Zuthcrkod
.
said tl~al hc!
wnuld not do it.
13, L,Philbfick remarked that Rutherford's answer
"rnusl. hrlve bern heard b same young people fara
whtm l h ~clrnols
~
opened lht Tall ~ u t l d ~ n lirc?ndlln~s
y
npr~rnrrdIn 1l1r Boslon ncwTspaprsnlmut a gounc hoy
In I.yni1, Mn.~sachusrits, whn r~fusr-rlto anluir) t hc
31:la in schr~ol n t the heginning af t tic? sclloot tern].
I I I s nrlme w:is Carleton Nirhnls. .A young girl, narharti
Mf~redath,look the same stand nt f~cr'school in SlidIlltry, 3lttssrtchusetts, the ssam day," IFut Irrr slluatiorl
did not reach the press. as she had a tcncElc>t-w l ~ oIV\*:I.~
Iolcrnnt and did not make an issue out o f it.
It was OH September 20, 1935, that yoting :arleton
B. Nichols, Jr., declined t o salute Ihc ilny:. rhc incid~nCwas publcizcd throughout the country. A s presi.
rlrnl of the Watch Tower Sodely d . F, 'ltutlrc?r~ord
W R S approached by the ~ssocintcd Preas nnd usketl
Sor an official statement regarding ~ I I P v i r ~or .Ted
homll's witnesses on this mat jet.. 'l'hc strttr.mcnt w:ls
Itrrnistled, but the prcss dcclincd to pubIls11 it, So,
durlng a nationwide radio broadcast: on Ottoher li,
3!)35, P,uHl~rford spoke on thr subject "Saluling a
Flnl:." This discourse was published In tlie 3 2 - p a ~ c
huof;let Loj~alalC!~,
distribuled by tlle m i l l l o ~ ~ sIn
. thls
reply to t h e press, Rutherfo~d sliowed that w)~Ilu

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Scriptures.
While many school, otl'lclkla and t~nclierswere broadminded, others nrterl arhitrsrlly ant1 expeUftl chiIdren
of J e l ~ o v a l wltneafies
~'~
from school for refusal to salute
the nag. For instance, on Nov~rnl~cl6, 1935, two Wjtness cllilclren werp cxprllcA I I ) Il~ls
~
rcnson from a
pubIic school at Mlnersvillc, Pennsylvania. 'I'llelr fai her,
Walter Gobitis, instjtulcrl a sulr n ~ ~ l n sthe
l hoard of
education, Rlinersvill~ School District. The suit was
begun in thc I:ntttvl States Illstrict C ~ I I I -lor
t
the
Eastern District t ~ fPennsylvani;t linrl wan decided in
f:tvor o f Jellovnh% svlllnd-sc,rbs. IYEicn thls t i ~ ~ t s t owzs
n
rontcstrd, t t ~ c lW l t r i c s ~I ~~I ~H ~W
I ~ tHi fnvor~ihlrtlrclslon
in the Circuit Court c j C A rjrr*~rln.Ilut thrb rsnr:r1nrxl went
to the S u ~ , r ~ r nCollrl
v
ol Ill* Ilnllcd !ifntlna, l'lirr~,In
Sunc 19110 1,y rt tlct:lslo~io f rll:l~l lo O I I V , the- Court
revrrsctl I h~ favolbrl h l ~Jlldfl~nt-n
I , wl I11 11Isn~t
t'oun C U ~ scquenccs.
In one place after

rtnotl~cr ChrJstlnn~ wcre persecuted hecause 01 their I31blkal position on flag sa.
luting. For instance, n moll joined by sonle policcmcn
attacked Jehovah's wltncsscs dtirlny: a Rible m e t i n g
in Rackvillc, Marplanrl, on June 20,1!14(1, llaving p i n e d
entrance to tile Kinf:dom IlnEI, t h ~snob Icarlel- lleld
up a fag and said, "I will give you ~ C O P I P two rnlnutes
American time to salutr: this flag or thcrc will be
bloodslt~rlhere." Sotir I<. Vnssll rcports: "Thew was
siIenee for about a nlinute, when R 1 of a sitddcn one
man wI10 had came to I11e lncetlng for the first time
became very frlghtensd, juni~~crllip, snIuted (Ile flag
and went out . . No one else sn2uLed l11c [lag. When
thc two mjnufes were up, Ihr! Icader I~uoclretleverything out 01 my h;tnds ;;nil gavc orders tn the mob
to ,'break up everythin
chikErs, nnd .so forth, and
articles began to ny. 7T;e two poIiecmen wit11 their
pistols on their hlps were Insirle with them and I went
ovcr to then1 and nslted If thcy couldn't do something.
They did not even open Ilieir m 0 ~ t l l sor begin to Inlre
any action to stop the moh," Tlrr! sliuntion became
worse. ''Tl1~3~began act in^ Iike n prtck of demons,"
says Brother Vasrll, "pusl~lng and shovlne: us out of
the haL1. They kept crying out: 'K111 t l ~ c m !Kill them!

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are Nazis.' Some of the children in the hall


pgan t o cry and some in the mob called out t o
throw those brats out of the window,TThey literally
booted us out -of tkfe building and into the street and

the last year of schooI, because of wartime gas rationing, we went home every fhIrd weekend."
With plenty of work to be done, a cook and a housekeeper were on hand, Rut the children had their assignments too-helping in the Mtchen, washing and drying
dishes, !aking out the garbage and so forth. There
was a dlscussron of the daily F3ible text at the break.
fasr tablc, and every school. day began with a half-hour
Bible study. So the children were fed spiritualIy. FurIh~rmore,they had opportunities to use what they
learned, in thc field service on Saturdays and Sundays.
Another Kingdom School was established at Gates,
Pennsylvania. Instructing there was Grace A. Estep, a
public school. tcacher who had been dismissed because
shc would not conduct the pledge of allegiance and
flag salute in her cIassraom. Slster Estcp recalls the
school's first year as a ''tumultuous one," with every
sort of ''official" trying to find some reason to close
it. She also states: "The schoolroom was often invaded
by some omcial, school or otherwise, for tho purpose
nl' flndlng fnult or adding further harassment. AddICtonnll
pnlr.lot[c fervor was not missing among
mnny r,?thp pnpulnce. R crowd gnlhered nt one t h e
with llrt* pllr'pclse of homl~ingor hurnlng i ho schnol,
an[:rlly rrmonstrafln~ wllh tlic owncr for having
1.mlril t o uq. 13ril sincr the cwnr5rwas 11 J~adingrili*mn
of tlie town, and since thcy couldn't ffgurr out: flow
in lmmb Ihe school wllhout bombing thc barbcr shop
[in the same building], they gave up tho idea." Eventually, the student body increased, eaZlilzg for kinder~ a r t p n ,eipht ~ r a d e sof elementary school and four
of high school.
How did Fingdom School students fare as f a r as
their educatmn was concerned? Llovd Owen, who
taught a t the one in Saugus, ~assachusetts,reports:
"Wc used t o give the achievement test to see how well
uTehad been doing. Most of the time Ule students rated
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They

were now yellmg: Run them out of town! Run them


out af town!' "

Later, having escaped the mob, Brother Vassil contacted the zone servant, Charles Eberle, who Immediately reported the incident to the Attorney General
of the United States, The Federal Rureau of Investigation be an Iooking into the matter the next day,
~ v e n t u a ? ~there
~ , was a court case, and Brother Vassil
tells us: "After the trial, which was decided in ovr
favor and to Jeliovah's ~lory, Rqckville 'I'ownshi
placed a policeman t o guard our Icmgdom Hall evcg
time we heId a meeting so that another such incident
could not occur. This time Satan's instrument l o destroy
our newly formed congregation and Kingdom Hall had
fai1ed.Isa. 54:17."'
'This account i s merely qn example. There were
many other incidents. For rnstance, in Connersville,
Indiana, a lawyer of the Witnesses was beaien and
driven from town. God's servants were endurlng such
violent persecution because they were adhering strictly
to the Holy Scriptures and courapeousIy maintained
that their salvation and deliverance from foes and
erIIs comes, not from any nation, but from God.
Fndeed "salvation helongs to Jehovah."-Ps.
3:8; compare Ammican Standard Version.
KINGDOM lJOHOOLd
CornpuIsory flag salute in schools resulted In the
expulsion of many students who were Jehovah's witncsses. I-Iowevcr, thc Watchtower Soclty aided true
Cllrislla~lsto provide ertucati~nfor their children. As
early as 1035 this was done 73 opening private "Ringdom Schools." At these, quali&d teachers from among
Jehovah's witnesses devoted their time and energy,
instructing Witness cliildren who had been expeIlcd
Irom puhlic schools. God's people organized and financed these private schools in various places.
One of the Kingdom Schools was located in Lakcwood,
New Jersey. According to a former student there,
C. W. Erlenmeyer, the Lakewood congregation's Kingdom I-Iall was on the first floor, as well as the school
classroom, a lrltchen and the dining area. Bedrooms
for the girls ivere on the second ffnor, and those of
the boys on the Ihird. "Of course," says Brother Erlenmeyer, "most of us boarded right there and only went
borne on weekends, at the most, Those who lived
farther away went home every second weeIcend, and

were supposcd to be in, , We tested the students


at least twice a year, and they persisted fn having
1111s very high rating."
A fine spirit prevailed among those involved with
Kingdom Schools. "The friends were so very wonderful,
always offering help in so many ways," says Sister
E s t e ~ ."11 was all a sort of community thin^, the
'comLmunity'being everyone involved In any way wit11
the Kingdom Schools. My heart swells with. love and

appreciation when I v i e w all the marvelous things


the dear friends &idid in those days, their love f o r
JeIzoval~ knowing no bounds. And though-there was
littIe money, they supplied the needed things to the
limit of their time and strength."

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stage the thrilling drama, to recreate the many scenes


of vtrllant theocratic warfare as Jehovah's servants
Tow ht, for liberty to reach, But we do well to k g l n
wile t h raging
~
"battye of New Jersey:' Tile 'opening
gun' wns fired in 1928, when some of God's S P T V ~ I I ~ ~ S
were wrested in South Amboy, New J~rscy. Rut
I'lninflcld hecame t h e center of the Catholic hnttlaflrltl

8lfmcEME COURT RETERWL8 XFk3EtLF


On June 8, 1942, by a vote of flvc to four, tlla
Unflcd Strltex Supreme Court ~*ulcdagainst Jchovah'~
wit~resscsin thr Eicense tax cntir! Jonsx v. Op~lilcrr.,
Interest ingIv, Ilowever. hcsfdrg their dissenting opinlon,

Jastic~s lililck, Douglas nl~rl Murphy recantmi t !trIr


votes lu the IWO Gobifis flag s n l u t ~case. With Llmt
t h e Wntclll owcr Society's i:tW 'IT flled an injunclian
suit In Ille UnItrd States ~ i s t r l c Court
f
lor the Southcrn
Dlstrlrl nr Wrst Virginia n ~ n l n s tllle West Virglniil
stat^ 33onrd of Education. Why? T o restrain tllc cn.
fcrrernent of the compuIsory flng: snlute statute. A
thr'ce.jud~e corlrt unanimous1 drcttI~d in favnr o f
dehnvi~li'switnesses, but Iho d n t Vlrclnla Slate noard
o f IC(lur.nlion 'I )pealed. O n l l ' l n ~ Dny, June 14, 3943,
the Sul,lhc*mail.illrlrt of the Ilr~ltprl 8l:tt~sreversed i ( s
positlon In the Unhitis caw by holdSn~fin West Vz'r!gf?lirr
SfQtr I l ' o t t , d nf J<d?fCatioqiv. I h f ? ' ~ wfr')
t that the sclrnol
board did not hnve the rlglit i o cxprl from school and
t h u s d ~ n yerluc:~tion t o children of dtlhovnh's wiincssrs
who worlld not salute tlle flng#
That dr~clslunreversed 1 1 1 ~holding of the Suprelne
Coilrt in t l ~ cflobitb case. l'l~ough this did not end all
prohlcms ~is.social~d
with the Christian stand regortllng
PRe flag snlute. 1r;lngdum Srltools no longer were noccssaw. Ilcnrbe, for the first tlmt1 in about eight yearfi
children of Jehovah's wJtncssca co~~lcl
return t o il~e
public schools.

*nmmmaAND LEGALLT E

T m GO013 NKWR'
.T~hovnh's Chrtstinn witntrasos, whether yonn or
old, vxpr~r:Lto 1). pr!rseeurc-(l. Arler nll, Jesus tolf hls
d1r;cll)lfis: You wi 1 he oll,j(!ct~of hnliai!d hy all p e o p l ~
on asrrwnl of rny ~~ame."
(Matt. lfl:22! "In fact
wrotr I'nzrF, "nll thme d e s i r l n ~ to live with
drvntlnn in ysoctation with L:hrtst Jesus wUl nlso
h r prl-srculcd. ( 2 Tim. 3:12) At tlmes persecution I ~ a a
led t (I i~rl.rstsof Christians on false charges-perhnps
selllng ~ l hout
l a license or dirpl~rrhin( illr: peaw. Slaw
tlstics wcrr not Icept at first, hut, in 19,,3, thwe were 31;8
arrests rrportcd thl'oughout the United States. T3y
1936 Ihe number had risen to I,M!). Improperly, ,lt>heyah's wit ncsses were class~daR sol Icitors or itinerant
merchnnts, rather than as proulairri~rsof the gospcl.
Jehov~h'switnesses did not sufCor arrest, trial a~zrl
imprisonmrnt without a fight, Iiuwrver, They ado Irvl
a policy of appealing ndvrrse drcisicms rendere$ irt
)he rottrts. With Jellovah's nfd they were able to
defend xnrl IzrgnlIy establish the goclrl news."-Phil, 1 : T .
It would bc Impossible, In hut a fcw pages, to re.

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THE FfdUNFIEZD XNtm3EMT

h vlew of Plainflcld's pramlnence in mnnectlon wlth


the rsecution of Jehovnh's mple, 3, F. RutherSorr?

deel& to hold a publie mretRr: there on titc suhjeet


"Wh Is Religious Intolernncc Practiced in ThL Cnuntry '?o:otlay?" For this speciikl program on July 30, l!1:l:ll
anrnr Arty uninvited, unwanlerl nild unneeded pollm~nc~lr
nio\wl in, supposedly tn gui~rrl the theater. 14rnrbl lcss
thry were there at Ilre Snsluncc uf the Catholic h i e n r thy, whlch mas looking i4,r a way to prevent the
mrnutfn~
find perhaps tlo away with the s p ~ n k r r .
Al.t31vlnr: nt the t healer, Brother Rutherford notm
t11rtl hrhlnrl thc d r t l ~ ~ cI sl ~ r ? 11chIcc have twn ~ r i n c h l n ~
ImR, Ii.nlrtt-d on I i l ~ r nntl
~
t l ~ rnudlencc. I I v p r o f ~ ~ t h ,
1111 tJiJ): IIOCA
not b~rrli:c! t h r puljcrrnon or F31~1r
\vrbnprJfi..;.
7'licy say they 1k41vr I w n 'tipped off' Z11rit 1 kbt.lLr!
is f : t r t ~ ~to
~ : hr a riot ancl t h ~are present to ~nn!nl:rlrr
OI-CI~T. ( F P O T ~ P Gangus s:~yx tznl durlng tllc c n l l r ~1 1 1 1 1 ~
i 1 1 ~r~l~~uos[lhcre
was ttansc?. ICs~~ecially
wn9 l ~ rH ( I ~ I - ~ ~ ( I
hy tllcsr: staielncnts, ncal' lltc ctj~~cIusion
01 Ruttlcrl'ortl's

1;111<:
"Rut shame upon the priests and clergymen who
havc connived at and c ~ u s ~the
d persecution of Jeh o v a h ' ~witnesses in order that they might keep the
peoplr? in ignorance of thta truth nlld thus shhld 1E1emsclvrs Iron1 rxposure; shnrnc 11 on those pul,llc alncers
who have heen ready and W i l h i g l a class bTrhovnhta
wHne.rsr4 as s e s s h p c d d l ~ rnnd
~ hawkers hr ordet- t h a t
tlr~y~ n l a h tserve their own ~clflstzends; shnmr! u )on
I l ~ clawyers who practtc~upon the bench anrl d o r o
thr? bnr, who because of fear of losing some clrsonnl
ntl~anlilgc have sirle.atcpped Ille issue ant1 faficd ~1111
rcfllserl to decide squarrly the question as to whelhcr
01, not men can be prevented from preaching thr ~ o s p r l
of Cod's kingdom by thr rnactrnent a n d enlnl-crrnvtlt
nf mzr niclpal orrlinanccs level~c!against pcdcilars nr~d
11n~lir~u."l3n~lllcr Gangas admits: "I was saying to mycrew:
'Now they will shoot hlm! Now they vdll arrest him!'
Bul, ns it Is stated In the Introduction of the bonltlct
ItttoTeranm?, T h e angel of the Lord encamp& round
nhout them that fcnr him, and deIiverct11 them.""
1Ps.34: 7) Despite the trying situation, Brother Rut t~er-

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ford'8 discourse wm delivered dthout Incident. It was

recelvetl enthusfastically, So was the boaltlet Intole


eraflce, published Later and distributed widely.

A DTGTATOR EIEkRB FROM TTIIC WlT1YE;SMCR

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Ilnue bearing testimony to Ids name wlth boldness


I hat they d g h t have a part In the vindication

R I I ~JOY,

of fl~rtlholy nnme.

AllW IN XEIER DEXrENRE

FOP Cblatlans those were raith4estlnq umes. of


course, nal every incident of avert op ohlt On, or even
every n ~ r ~ s led
t , to a court trinl. l!ui mnn tlmes
Jehovah's ~crvants
find t h e m s ~ l v ~Inn nee{ of aid
En 111~1; they might makc a successhrl dcfrnsc in t h e

Not only in the United States were Jdlovnh's witnesscs htkving n battle for frccdotu of: spcech nnd
worship, Tn June of the so.called "lloly Yenr" a f 1933
Adrll C I1ltl!r1s regime seized the Watch T n w t ~Sot:lety's
property In Magdeburg and banncd thc ndlvilics ef
Jchovnh's people in Germany as rpgnrds rn~rstlnfsand
Illcraturc distribtttion, t h o u ~ h thr roprrl y Ivas retrlrnctl that October. On October 7, 1834, thc Wlt ncsses
in C;rrmnny met in groups ancl, n l t r r ~ o l ~ r n prayer,
ll
thry dlspnlchrd a protest hy tr1rf:r;un I n olllcials nC
Z[iclct.'s govcrnrnent. IIowevPr, f:orl's sr!rvnnts In D ~ ~ P I '
lrinrls rltrl no1 s h n d by idly,
"At thc ~crvicemceting onc nlaht In the pfir of
193k, wo Wrrc asked to be at t l i ~rnccting plnca nt
9:00 am. Sunday for something spc*cfnl,"rcr:ills Gladys
nolto~l. "Everyone was cxdtcd! \Vhnt toultl It be?
Stlnclay n:orning the house was full, Thc spraher annuunccd that congregations o f Jrhevn 11's wirnesses
world wlilc were meeting- today In nr.(ler to scntl cablegrams t o I-Iitler, all at the same timi-, nsklny: him lo
l r f rnl? from persecutin Jehovnh's rv~t~iosars
fn Germany. After praying
Jehovah cnch aroup sent
thr! I'ollowlng cablegram: "Hitlcr dovon~rncn[,Berlin,
C:(>rnlnny. Your ill-treatment o f Jchovnh's witnesses
shnrlrs nll good eople of earl11 nntl rllshunors God's

couris of the United Stafttcs. 71n helll 'ICtngdom proclnirncrs, tl~cWaIchtmver Socictp cs t nbl~shrrla l c ~ a l
dvpnrtrn~nlat Its headquarters In Brookl~.n,New York.
Looltlng hack, Robert E. Morgan rccnlls: "At our
wcrlcly smnfice rncctings we sludlctl Qrrl(-r of b'irrt
~ Y P T ) R I ' @ Cb~ the Society, and enrlc:tvorcrl to e ulp Our~ c l v c xl o
with the police nnrl judges w lo were
con~lanllyharassing us in the field scrvltv?. Bur service
mcrtlngs would teach us llow lo respond when nccoslctl by l h c police, what our rights aF: c i t l z ~ n swere,
n i ~ lwhnt procedures we must tint fnll 10 follow in
onlcr lo ealnI~lls1~a sound ha~1:: for T P R ~ ~ action In
rlrlrnste nf the! ~ o n dnews i t 1 tlae rwrant mi~virtions
wrnilcl wq\hrv nur going to t l ~ c -nlj[bcrllnlch murt n."
"l)r*rnnl~s
t rntlorrs in servicc mr~tlllngs cnnct ctl pMccr111rrrnlm tlmt? of arrest to 1 1 1 ~c ~ l ~ ~ r ~ l utsr ll otrlnl.
~l
nnrl rlisposlllon of the case," ~ c c u l l s lZny C. 13opp,
ntltlItif:: "St+l'vnntsin tllc congrcgati{m wlmld $r:l ns
proserution and defegse attar~~rys,
irnd snmc trials'
woulrl lnsl for weeks.

''IFea1' Them Mot. The ~nnlityof t h e Rornan


Cnlllolic Clltlrch was exposecl, alld tllc nrtlcl~warrled
thnl opposltlon might lead to the denth of some fnlthful servants of God. But it Urged Cod's people to con.

Legal pids provided by the Society and fine trardng


at service meetings he! d God's servnntia pently.
R u t f o r the rigors of l i g b e h i n d h ~ r snnly Jei~ovah
hlmsclC coulcl strengthen his p ~ oIc. As Paul aid,
"For nll thing# I have t l ~ ealrenrrlf: hv virtue af blm
who Irnpnrts power to me."-Phil. 4:I.b.
Jchovnh's Clldstian witnesses by the hundreds were
anested arrd jailed during the tt~rbulentyrnrs of the
'1930'sand X94U's. Homer L. Rogers says thls r~gardIng
legal proh2cms encountered by J@1>ovahh's
pcoplt! in
onc ama: "The city of La Grange [G~orginlhrul framed
nn ordinancr t h a t forbade anyonP calling nt a home
in LR C;rnr~l!e to aCfefef the householder nny piece of
prlnlcd mat1 or, This was aimed at Jrhovnh's wltncsscs
uncl wn# only enforced against Jehovnh's wllncascs."
IKow crlulcl he be sure of this? The city's rrsidentn
Icsllfled i h n t all other printed mallcr wns distributed
fseeIy In La Grange wthout l ~ l n d m n c e irom the
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niunr, l i o l ~ ~ i ~Prom
in
furthrr erst-cul iilf: J~bavnh's
tvl! lwuacs; c~ll~c;wisr
God will &r! ,.or yihu itnll yoiu
n:~lirrnat pnrty. 'I'hc messncr W : I ~ slgnt-tl ".lr:rrorn~r's
\V~TNK:-HF=I'"~ l n dtile city (11. town wl~~nlc>
thc congrcgnt lot^ wris nsscml,lctt was cItrd.
l'llnar mhlt~gsnmscaused qullr? n &IT,
cvcn at some
tc1rl:r:tph oll~ccs in the Unit crl State#, "In Kaysvillc,
Vil.f:lnl:l, its well as other plnccs," snya Melvll~ Willchrsl rr, ' I t he irlegraph operator aImosl f ~ i n l e t lwhen
Xhr fricnds cnme in with lfle cable ~nessr~gc.''
I-lnrv did the Nazi regime re6 ond? PersecutIen of
J~llovnh'switnesses was intensi&d. But God's people
jn G ~ r m n n ynnd elsewhere had hr!cn prppnrwl for the
o p p ~ ~ s i t l oan11
t ~ hardsfrips a l ~ c x lo f thcrn. At the ri-ht
timc, Jel~ovnh saw t o it that they rcrci\~eri necacrl
Sm'lpturul coiinse1 and encnuragcmenl , 1t !lad cnrlle
Inlc In the year 1933 b$ mcans of the Wnlchto7urr
RI'I~C~P

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On May IT, 1936, 176 Witnesses wcrp arrested fm


preaching h La Grange and wcrr! jailed, The next rlny

the women were released, but 76 mrn u-crtl detnlncd


f o r fourteen days in the Troup Cozlnt~ Prfso11 nnrE
Stockar!~,four miles outside the city, T!u !.rqtflnr Inmales there were chain- ang pt-Isoncrs, \v11o :trlunlly
were shackled while workng on rontla from R u n u p to
sundown. When the Witnesses were tricrl, thry were
pronounced guilty and finucl one dollnr r;wh or thirty
days In jail, according t o C. E. Sillflway. necnust! t h e
rlly nttorney ordered the dty clerk not I n algn the
bond on n peal hy certiorari, tlie hmthrrs Ins1 thsltnppeal rig{ts and 57 returned t o cornplctc! t l t~h k l~y .
day sentence in the stockade on Mny ZX, 3937, DcspItc
Ihrir innurunce, these Wilnusses now wore )rlson garb
two PCI.S(JRS hnrl to share oar. blnnltcl i l u r l n i t h e cold
1dgh1.s~and they did hard labor otl s t t c c t s and clsew I I ere.
Many were the sufferings of these Imprisoned ones.
Yct, they also had opportunity to rio g o d cplrltunlly.
BrotI~erC. E. Sillaway writes: "Nmr iirc c t ~ t lof o u r
thirty days my group and another, t w e l v ~In nll, wrsr!
~ s s i f f n c da colored cemetery, almost rum1 frlr Isnlntlon.
Nenr mldrnorning a funcrnI procrsslnn cnmc In t Iifi
rnrlln gate and stopped while the undertaker 11 ~ll'anchrd
us. II: seemed that this family was loo poor
pn tho
pronchcr his going fcv f o r a funeral nnd they hntr hnd
no scrmon or prayer. Would one of us mlnlatcrs eny 8
fvw words? It was a privilege to tell the hnndllul of
praple t h e W e condition of the dead ant1 t h e hope of
rl rr~surrrrtion.Thcy didn't mind t hc jnll clollles,"
Tlir.rcsrl Drillzc says that licr ilrst tustc! of i l l 1 ol~rance
npni11::t Cotl's prol~lcwas in t t w cnrly 1930"s rnllc~ls l ~ c
wrtr Ilfst iwrrsterl in I:ergcnflel(E, Nrw .Tcrs~v. 5110
mtrtlnilc*~:"I was first l i n g ~ lrlntcd
r
111 ~1ninncl;l.Nr:rv
,ltkrstby.11 was in Plainfield where I was ht!ltl cbv~rnl,t:ht
with 23 other sisters. CVE werp hrbIrlIn n small ( * ~ 1 nnrl,
1
wit11 29 of US there, this madc it i~npossthlt!tcl !It* dnwn
to slcrp. Finally, the took us to thc Eyrn In the? snmcr
building and there tKey had mats for us lo lie an. J
rr~mc!ntberone policeman opening the dour nncl Ioolt lng
In :rt us and saying, 'like sbcep led t o Iho slnughtrar! "
Cltlng another case, Sister Uralce writes: "111 Purth
Amboy we were arrested and held Prom :LO n.m. unlll
9 p-m. It wns at this time that I mrl: lirolher Itulhor.
ford, Rc ctlme t o bail out 150 of us that wow nr.rrsictl.
We were held in one big room at 1 3 1 ~courtlious~.
Outside, the people \Irere taking our books anrl litrrature from our cars' and throwing them all rlvcr t h e
c o u r t h o u s ~I n m . There were a half-dozen men that
rrrre in Xlle rear of the courtroom that w e p waltlng
to get Brother Rutherford. ?'hey threatened hIm, but

fu

they n w e r got the chance, for as we left the courthouse he w a s surrounded by us and Ihen went quickly
to a waiting car, not Ill$ usilnl one."
OfOhio and West Vlrclnfn Inwns, Ednn Bauer says:
%a?y of the irienrls would Ire n m ~ n t dnnrf taken
t o latl on fIrr trucks with sir'pns I:?awfng, louclly m11111g

attention to arrests 1wlt1g m ~ r l c , 0Ctt.n many would


be jailed at once, and no cnnsirlrratlon mi Ilt he shorvn
for age. For inatnnce, S I S ~ P I . ~1lrne8
Bennecoff
recalls an inddcnt In Colurnbin, S o u t l ~cardlinn, "when
200 of us were put In ,Inbl, the yo\ingrst ))cing six
wceks old."
Col~ditionsin la11 colilcf k quite Alrlresaing. Em1
R. Dale remembers hls unlust conilncmcnt as a Christian at Somcrswortl~,New 1Inrnpshlre, and writcs: "1
slept that night, or trlcd to, 1'11~~)i+isonwns not too
clean At night tben were some 1IZllc creatures crawling over us and 1, dld not Ilk(? il~rrn,hut t l r ~ yliked
me." For pmaclilng t h e gooc2 news nt O a r ~ l h c r s v l l l c ,
Missortri, i n 1941, Bmlhcr and Slsler Ti. d, Adair wrre
jailed for sev~lrty-eight tlnys. Stster Ad,dr rlescsibes
tile plam nT Eirr rotzllrtemc~nta* n " d ~ e t 1 ~ ~ o n . ' 3 S i ~ t r c
firInIi.'s t~anl
t 11 wna Srn [~nlrcvlclnrlnfl thn t iruhnt'rcrr~l
lut~.
It wrls not n ~)lonnrir~t
thlny! $ 0 !41t?l1[r or1 rl c301~r*rrhtc!
floor wltl~11 !lnr~lrrl 11rltl pillow ftrr sc~~,rhnty-rlf:hl
rlnys,"
she atllnila. RI~!, 1 0 sI11y I'rtlll~fttltrr J o l ~ r ~ v wns
r ~ l ~ihe
Iln lori;ln.t: thli~f:.
'f'hougll cTc?llr~vnl~'s
w l l n e o ~ ~in
s the Unllrrl Skntcs
were j:~iledoSlcn Par prrachtng 1 1 1 ~Klngdo~rlmcsunge,
that did not still t h c h lips. h a prlsaners they l r ~ p t
r i ~ h on
t declaring t l ~ cRot)d ncws. For example, Dora
Wadams had various oppnrlulrltlcs lo prrcfich whlle in
jail. Once, when ncws of thc Witncss~s' rclcnse clrculated in n h'cwnl-k, New .Jers~ jall, this IS h ~ r
recollection of what I~nl>prned:,,$ne night, w h ~ nwe
were locyed in our celIs ~VI? henrd pr1mncr.s around us
saying: The Rihle p ~ o p l enrr ROlnf: l o lea\'(! us tomorrow. 'rllis place w i l l nevw bc tllc sarnc. They are
just like angels scnt to irs."'

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DAY lW UOtTIlT

Jehov~th's servants were ready to defend themselves


and their God-given work If thcir nrrcst'a Isd to court
trials. Somctimcs t l ~ c ywere not even rcfrcsenlcd by
lawyers. F o r inslancc, ~ R C I C ln 19% Rolnnd E. Collier,
associaled wilh t h e Orilng~, Ma:iitnchus~tt~,congre.
gntlon, obtained a pcrmft tn use a snu~lrlc a r in nearby
Athol. He and anolher llruther wcrc in thr sound car
playing the recard "Enrmles" whlle otllcr Kingdom
publishers were preachin!: from door t o door. Brother
Collier was arrested and rlrar ud with going from
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madon. He tern us: 'With interest we waited and


pre ared for the bid. I studied carefully thc Order
fl h i n l publishd by the Socicty for preparation for
court trials. T h e day of the trial 8ome l)rothc%rscanlo
into the courtroom t o give me rvournjic.I follrjrrfcd the
proper court procedure outlined by !lie Soclrly, CVCn
to tl.lr? point of cross-examining the chScf of polirr.
Urhcn all the evidence was in niter a cornplrte court
trinl I was found not guilty and thc! newF;pnpcr car]-icd
a licadllne reading 'ORANGE MAN PREACHES WAY
OUT OF JAIL: "
Some lawyers who were not Jehovah'a wltnesrrc~
worked hard to defend God% cople, OSlen, however,
WI~IIPSS
lawyers represented t&:r Tcllow hellevcra in
court. Among them was Victor Schmldt. I-Tls wlfc
Mllrlrcd says, in pal*: "After t hr! arlvclqsr?clcrlaldn by
thr! IJnltcd States Supreme Court In the flng crt!i(',
thcsc was what seemed liIic
nvalirnch~of 1 1 7 0 k and
ntrrsts that descended upon our hrotl-~crsin so many
places outside Cincinnati [Ohiol. It hccarne ncrcssnsy
f o r me to drive my Imsband to these vnrious plnrtas,
ns he dld not drive. For a while thcl-r? was n rfllTrl+cnt
place to go t o almost daily. Therrfore I hnd to ~ b v e
up workfng with the pioneers. . . victor had grmt
faith in Jehovah and this alrengthctlcd me to Iinve
lilcr faith. As we would near thrgc towns wllcsr: ho
wns t o represent our brothers in court, he would have
me pull off the road and he would prny to Jchavnh
l o opcn the way for him to bring snmc hclp to our
hr30tllrra,and also, if it was Jehovah's wlll, to ltlndly
give us protection and to help us nwcr lo yield lo
tlir fc:w of men. Many are the! tlrnes that we snw thc
rr,lrlrrlce of ttic mighty p w c r of Sct~nvn!~'n
angrllc
I(vihct!s wol.hlng En otir &hall."

IJMTEXl STATES RFJPRKRiF1 COfmT


Vnrfous legal cases involving J@l~ovnh'swltnesscs
evcnlually ~rbached the Suprcmc Court 01 the United
Stntrc. One of these was Lore'lE v. Citg of Grifln.
'I?inufih God's people often had been nrrrstrd Jar
prr!nching the ood news in Grjmn, Grol-girl, on one
occasion a numacr of them wcr.c! lacctl ~u~rler
ttrrcst
l o r rlllcged violation of a city ordhancc I h n t forbircio
"the practice 01 rtistributfng
lilernlurc of nny ItInil,
withoul first obtaining wrltten prrmlssfon f r u n ~the
City Manager of the City of Gritlin." nrothcr G, I<.
Fislte comments: "There were sevui.nl hrothe1-s avrlr
six feet tall and the afldaIs askcd i f they woufd be
willing to let tllm pIck one to represent the group,
and our overseers wen! M i n g . So they picked a small,
slim sister because they thought she woulrl be easy

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prey. But she [Alma ~ v e l ~had


3 studle8 the Ordm
of Tdal . Not onp of the men hnil prepnmd as this
little sister had, and when the case camp up for ~ a l ,
she spoke to thc Corirt for ovcr nn hour, glving
a wonderful witness. I-Iow~ver, the judge was not
even interesterl ~ n r lhe Irud Ills fcct up on the deslc.
When she sat down, the jurlgr took hb feet down and
said, 'Are you throuah?"'C;hc snld, 'Yes, Your Honor.'
Then he pronounced ihem all gullty. The Society's
la\vyer immerlla(c1y nppe:ilrd thr! casr!." O n Marc11 23,
1938, the Suprcinc Court u a n ~ ~ l r n o ~ ~11cld
sly thnt the
ordinance in ql~cstionwns Invnlltl on its Ince.
While engaging in t h KI~~gdom-prenchlng
~
work on
April 26, 3938, Cllrlstinn wltncss Ncwlon Cnntwell was
arrested with his two rnir~or sons wl~flc playing the
phonograph record "Enrmlrs" onrl dlstrlbut!nff the book
of t h e same name. The cnsr wsa cnrrlecl Into Connectlc~tt
courts on the complalnt of two Rort~allCntholics. Involh-ed were an nllr~rctbreach of the p n c e nnd fils0
suppnsed viola1 Ion nf ti Cnnn~ctlcrltsl atule prohibiting
I hca ~ollrjtrifEon n l ilr~n:~tlons
f n rhnrlt lr!: nr n rcligtnz~s
rnusv zvil!lr>~li ay\pr~)vnlo f Ihr acv.i*rbi:~~,y
(I!' t h st:ttr0s
~
pizl,lir w t - l l : ~ ~r*orrnr-Il.
.~
('~~rivlrtlni~s
follnwrc! In Von1 1 ~ ~ ~ 1 it-tn~t-ts
c ~ t I 111111 I t , D,('~111i~vt*Il
wsj!fvi: T l t ~
rnse
w:ts a p p ~ ( ~ : ihy
l ~ (i tI ~ P Sr114t-fy111111 IVI'III 111 1 1 1 ~ IlnItrd
8 t ; ~ t e s Su~)r(>~nr*'roe!~.l
, , , tlir rb~ulvltblirrrl
wns rrvrl'~r~1
;~nrI ihr C'oilncrsl l r # l ~ ( ~Intulr*~.r%ctlrbt+ln~:
tl prrinll 10
ofl'tar rc>Hgious lll(!ihnturtl for ~ r l l r ,or rtscepl lng ctonntions for a rdlgfous cnusa, wns round i n
~ulcnnstitutinnal as applied to Jcl~ovnll'a\v[tncsscs. Another victory for Jehovah's people!"
But Jehavah's wltnrssca lost nn important cnse In
the United States Supreme Court by a flveto-four
decision on June R, 11342. J t W A S Jo?trd Y. Ca'l.yof OpTilcn.
This case in\,olvcrl m n ~ n z l nstrra>t
~
~vorlc nnd raised
the question of tvhrllir-I. Rosco Jonrs was properIy
found guilty of ~ I o l n t l ran
i ~ 0 ~ l i k aA
, l n h a m ~ortlinance
,
for "'selling books" willlout rlnvlng O ~ T ~ R R~ II ~P c ~( ~ ~ s c
and paying t h e r~quircrltnx.

..

A "FIELD DAY" IrOrt WD'R PKOPLII


Then came Ma 3, 1943, It could we11 be called a
f4neId dayw for elhovah's wlt~lesscs, Why? Because
twelve nut of ihirtccn c!nscs wprc thcn doclded in their
favor. Outstandin was Mz(rdormkv. Pr?uts~)hnnia,a
license t a x casc. h i s derision 01 the United States
Supreme Cvt~rtrevet-srd Its nwn pmltinn In the case of
doties Y. City of Oprlilr'n. In the Ytrwrrlock drddon the
Corrrt held: "It 1s contenrlcd, fiowcver, thnt the fact
that the License tax can suppress or mntrol this ntl.
ZlvJty is unimportant If I t docs not do so. But that Is

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disregard the nature of thfs tax. It Is a Ilcense tax


--a flat tax Irn osed on the exerclst? oP n privilege
manled by the 8 i I I of Rights. A stnic mny no, impose
n ciu1r~:e lor the enjvymenl of a r I ~ h jy.antetl:
t
by the
l'erlrrnl constitution.' Concerning tlic dojlrs cnse, i t
W:IA sr~ld:"Thc judgment in Jaw* v. 0 lo7iktb llxs this
rlay hccln vacated. Freed from that controillna prt!crdeni,

specInl insliudfons as ushers. Each wns suppUed wlZh


n storcly cnnc to be used in the evcnt o t an interferrk~ic.c
during the main talk." But R. D. ~ n n l w c fndda:
i
"Wc wpre instrltded not t o use It unIcss It Was a
malter nE h ~ i n gcornered in final d ~ I c n s c . "
Tl~nughit was not known genernlly, 1%rol
her Ruther.
fovrl was In poor health when he ascenrlr~tlthe platform
a1 Matllson Yqunrc Garden i n Ncw Yorlc clty thnt
Sunday nftcrnoon, June 25, 1939. Soon t h s t d k wag

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to

wc cnn restore to their hlgli, conslit~~l


lnim position
Itic. IIhrrTies o f itinerant evanjicllnts who rllssclninnte
their rrllyious beliefs and t h e trnet~i or iheir faith

througl~cllstrihutjon of literature.'* 1 A c f n ~ r n h l ef i I $ r ~
dnrk cicdslon did away with the flood In rrgard to
Ilr~nse tnx cascs involving Jehovah? ppeoyhc,
T h r l r efforts have had an e f f ~ c on
i thr Inw. FIttIngly
it h:ls hrrn said: 'Tt is plain that prrarnt ronstltuiionaf
guzi1.4ultI r s ot personal lil~erty,n s ;lutliorll;~(lvclyInter)x't\tc!d I)y the United Stales Guprcmt? Co~irt,rwc far
rundcr tllnn they were hefore l h e r:ptmln~
of 10:18; and
I hnl mosl of this enlargement Is 2 0 b r Inunrl In the
I 111 rt n ~ Jrhovtth's
~ r
LVitnesses caaes (sixt cc*n rlcciding
aplncns). of which Jhvcll 17. C ~ l yof riffit it^. \I1ils t h e
f l r ~ t .If 'the blnod of thr martyrs Is Zlir swd of the
C'l~urclx,bwhatis the debt of Cnnstlt~ttiot~;ll
1,nrv to tho
milt t ant nersistmcv---or nerhans I should sav d ~ v o t i o n
:--of tlllR' strangeugroup?"-j~itinc~~nttcT,&U
lilm'ielrl,
Vol. 2R, No, 4, Mar., 1944,p. 2%

VIOLENT MOBS PAlT4 TO BlY;E1MCJ8


PRAISERS OF JEHOVAH

Wdlt! Jehovah's witnesses w ~ r cwngIng legal battles


for frrrrlam o f worship and lllr~lrr I ~ f ~toi preach t h e

owl
In tlie fieltE Ihry s(*!neii~~~nb!:
mlnc Ince ta
4!Itc~wcvd~,
art- with vlolr.t~t rnohs. This w ; ~ sntrl ~vitlloutpnrallel,
Tur .Trsus Uhrlsl 1llrnsr.l l lmd rxprrlenccs of
IJPWM,

1l1n1Irlntt, ILt~lce4:25-30;Jnlm 8:59; 10:31-:1R) Fnitl~ful


S l ~ p h c ' lsutfcrr:d
~
maslyrtlom at tlir hnnrls o f nrl angry
c.rowrt.- -Acts 6:8.12;7:EiM:l.
Thc worldwide Christian convention held on June
23-25, 1939,was viewed by hoodlums as nn npportunlty
t o Ilarass God's people. Direct w3rc mnncctlons llnhed
New Ynl-lc city, the key city, wIlh slller a~scmblvloc ~ t l o n si n t h e United States, Canada, thr ErItish fsles,
Austr n I,,:i i and Hawvm. While J , F. Kutbrriord's r?is.
raoursc Government and Ppace" was hring adr~rtised,
Jehovah's servants learned t h n t Catholic Action groups
plarmrrl to prevent the pitbllu rnrht~tingon June 25.
So, Gotl'a eople were ready for trouhlc, ntoscn Mufirnrlcllo tees us : "Like Nehcmioh rnlsl~lpthe wall, of
d~rusalcmand supplying his nren wltll hot h Instruments
to I~ulldand instruments ta fight In'r4l. 4:15.22), we
were su armed,
Some of us younr: men rsceivcd

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r~ndrr wnv. Among the latecnmers werr nhnut 500


ft)llr)wcrs i)i Roman CatlroJIc elcric Cllnrlcs E,Coughljn,
r r ~ ~ o w n r"ra(lio
d
priest" of thc 193W.s,to w l l o s ~rrgrtlnr
hroitrlvnsts mlllions listened. Sincc tfrt! lowrr lovrl of
thc! ~~urlitorlum
had br?en r e s e r v ~ dnnrl Il1lr:tl wltll the
M ' l l ~ ~ t ~ s s rGuughlin's
~s,
iolIowet's, illclurlin:: p r l s s l ~ ,hnti
to occupy n tup section of ille bulcony hchlod tlw
spcnkcr.

"'rhcre was no smoking eIsewhere in the autfitorf~m,''


wroic t~ Conaalnthn correspondent, "hut cl~htemminatcr~ nfter the discourse began one man to the left
front 511 this crowd lit a cigarette, a n d then nnothcr
141t h~ rL~hbFmnt lit one; then tfir rle~lrlc1lf:htu In t t ~ i u
svoilon r~tllywrrc hlinlced, iinri thrrl in t l i l ~cuir sr~ciI{)n
only t t l r ~ ~wr*lhtl*
h r l r h t ~ R~ ~V ,~ I ~ ~11ritl
~ I tA- ~ ~ t i ' rIs."
i l "I sat
trn*+c!,"
nitys SEstct. Phlwnrd Iircuul, "writllti~: Ir11' Ihe con~ \ l s l o to
t ~ ~pln(~lill
1111 o\(nrill(? ( : ; l l ~ ~ llllll
~ ~ ~ I ~I N. :I f01v n10rjit-11 I R ))!IXSV(I
I S:IW t1i:lL 111~1 1 ~ 0 i i Iwns
~ l ~ I ~ I ~ ~ I ~ I to
~ I onI I
~;I'OLI
[I~wv'<ly 1)~Iiind(he ~ p ~ d i ( ?'Wh~\l.
r.
w ~I II I I ~&)'? 1
wr,nllrrr[*rl.-Tt secmcd impossible for arlyrmtl la 1rnt.p on
sp~nftlngwith things being thrown Anwn on thr
I'ul+nl mil not knowing a t any moment wlwn f l ~ r
pl~oncnllglit be takcn away." Esthor A l l ~ nmnll; that
"ivllrl howling and expressions of 'I lril IIIIIF~'!' Viva

rnfk;. .

Frnnco!' awl 'Kill t h a t damn Ruthcrlorcl!' fHlerl the air."


\Vr~ulrl ; ~ l l i n gBrother Rutherford yirld l o those vlo.
lcnl for^': "The louder they yollcd to clrclwll out the
spcalrrr';? voicc, the stronger Jutlac Ilul llertord'fi voice
bccnmt1, snys Sister A. F. Laupi*rt. Alrclc nnngle rcm:vlc~: "Tllc Socjcty's pysident clid no1 hrcomc afraid
111rl rourngr-oudy said: Note lorla tlir N n z f s nnd
C:~lholicswould like to break up t h 6 rncotlng, hut by
C:url's jirarr cannot do it."""at
WnJ the opportunity
wr nercted to hrcak hto heartfelt a]q>lnuse f:lvinc tl-ie
sllerrker our ~!)thusiastk support," w r t t ~ skoarr Mora , I
:
Erother Rutherfortf t ~ r l dIlls ~ r n u n dto
tllr! enrl r i i the Izour. We latcr thrlllcrl cvcry time we
III:IYP<I n.~$rdings of that lecture in lhc tlornrs of
hr pcoplc.
C. 1-1. Lyon tells us: "The attendetnt~did thelr work
wcll. A c t ~ ule of the more obstreperous Coualdinttes
wpre rnppeRon the head with R cane, nnd all of Ihem
were uncrremonlously hurled down the ramps and out

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of the auditorium. One of the Coughlinltes rated some


publicity in a daiIy tabloid the next morning, n8 thcy
printed a I c t y ~of h i with his heat1 wrnppcd, na
wtth a turtan.
Three Witness ushers were m 8 t d and charged
willl "~ssault."They were tried be for^ thsm j u d j i e ~
tzwo Roman Catholics and a J r w ) of Illr Sprrhial
Sessions Court of the City of New Yorh on 0r:ioher
23 nnd 24, 1930. In court it mas shnwn that the
nttendnnts had gone into Zhe section af Mndfson
Sgunrc Garden where t h e disturhanm broke out in
nrdcr to remove the disturbers, When the riotnhli nrtnckcd the ushers, they redstad nnd dealt fir~nlywith
snmc of the radical group. Witnessrs for I h c ~.osccib

dt

Zion m ~ d rmany contratlictory slnlcrncnt8.


only
dtcl tlie court acquit the thrcr! usllcrs. I t nlso found
tt~zit the Witness attendants hntl nt.trtl wlthin t hvir
rtchts.

U'OItLD WAR F m T S T E E F L A M E S OF VIOLEN(IPI


Mob vfolence had erupted at the 1939 assembly of
Jehovah's wjtnesses, But the flamcs of vlolmur! against
them were yet to be fanned Za grcatcr Intc~isity:IS t l ~ c
world went to war. It would be late In 3941 hrforc! the

Ilnlicd States would declare wRr on Ccrmnny, h l y


unrl Japnn, but the spirit of nalionallsln wr~ssiror~g
111roufil10iitthe country long b~fnrt!thnt,
During these early months of World War I X , Jehovah
God made an outstanding provlslon ror hie
In Its issue ol Novernher 1, 1939, the En Hsh
t o l t w cqnrrI~(i
~n artirlc cntitlcrl "~eutra!!lly:' Fur a
cnptlnn I r x t it hat1 lhcse wntds of Jrsu.: ChrIst [-onr:rlr~llng ttis dIsriples: "Thry :trt, no2 o f the \vorlct,
P Y ~ ~ I ris
I
I am not of the !vt-orlrl. ~.Tc>!III %7:16, K i ~ g
Jrr?jrrx V ~ t r ~ i n n')f i a t SrrIpltiri~l stody of Chrlstln~i
nrwl mlll y , rr~mingwllerl It tlitl, prcl)iun?iI J c h o v n l ~ ' ~
wrtnrssrs i r ~;idtrance for the Imrd Ilrncfi nhend.

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TYTREAT OF ARSON AT KIWQDOM FAIIM


Kingdom Farm, near South Lan~lng, New York,
server1 well in furnlshin membcrs of lllc Saelcty'a
11eatlquartrr.s staff with fruit, vcgelabloa, rnent, lnlllr
rmd chccsc. David AbbuhI was workl~lgol Klngdom
Fnrm when Its peace and serenity zverc rllsrrlptr?d
brick in 1940,"On the eve of Flag Dny, J u n e 14, 1!F10,"
sn s Brotlrcr Abbuhl, "we wcrc put wbr* by an r ~ l d
f(!$ow who would daiIy pass by on his wny to buy 11,s
wliiskey at the tavc1.n in South Lansing t o n plan
by Ilie to\mspcopIe and those of the Amerlcan Legion
t o burn down all our buildings: and wrcclc our Innchinel-y." The sheriff was notified.

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Finally the enemy was^ on the sccne. John Bogard,


who was then the f a m servant, once gnve this graphic
accomt of the trouble: "About six o'clodc in the
evening the gangs starled to gatl~cr,one car after
another, until thcrc wrre thirty or forty cnrloads. The
sheriff and his men nrrlvd nnrl hcmn stopping the
car drivers and exam.lnjng i hcir IIcc~~isrs
and warning
them against any mnvr ngalnst Klngr lorn Pnrrn. They
kept driving baclr nud Z o r l l ~nlon t l i ~I ~ l ~ l l w nfront
y in^
OUT p r o p ~ r t yt I11 I R ~ Pinlo 1 hc ni Piit. 1111 t tllc presence of
the policc lcegt tllaln on ,be ifiKhwny itnd fru~trated
Their plan to clestroy tIzc 'Enrm. I t wns n most uxdtlng
n i ~ h tlor all of us Zhcre on the fr~rm,I,ul we were
rcrninded vivldly of JPS~IS'
nssurnnrr! to his followers:
'you will be ohjccts of hntrcrl by nll pco 1 because nS
my name. And vet not a hair of your \&Is
will by
any means perish.'-Luke 21:17, 18."
So I t w a s that this thmntened attack and p r ~
mrtlitated arson were nvr*l?crl. An estimated 1,000
rnt-R,rnrryinr posslhly I , m n men, Ilad come from all
srrtors of wrslrrn RTrw Ynt-k atnir, to dcsti-oy t t ~ c
SO(-IC'I~'A
Kl~rcrlnm 1,':im ~~rolwrty-.buttn rin nvnll.
Snys FCnlliry~l Ilr~~rtrrl:'"l'hrlr Ililrl~nse I ~ l l ~ b dnnd
,
.sorrio o r thv vsrv ~ t c w l j l r r wllcl rnr~~lr?
1111 thc mob riro
now Wit7rssra ~hc*~nst,lvcs,
y t * ~ ,r v t w Irz 1110 lull-time
minktry!

VXOmNCIil EltUP'J!W AT LITOI~FWTAD


About the same tlmc thnt Kingdom F n ~ mhad been
the object of threutcnerl cssn~illand arson, trouble
flared up against Jchovnh's witncsscs i? Wtchfield,
Illinois. '" some wny the trottblomnlccrs in Utchfleld
got wind of our plans sn that when we did go in to
work the town they rvcre rently f o r us," rccrrils Clarcnce
S . Huney. 'The local priest rang the church IWls
as a signal anrl thcy bcg:in rountllnq up thr: brotherstaking them 10 the local jail. .';nn~c of thc brothers
were badly beaten and the moll even tllrcatcncd to
burn down the Jail. Some of IElc mullsters lomred the
[:am of the hrotlicrs and hcjinn d~mollshing Illemreducing them to rubble,"
Walter R. Wissmnn snys: "After bein, beaten b
t h mob
~
the brothers wclra herded Into fLe locel jag
by the state hiphway pntrol for lllelr uwn protection.
One brother, ~ h a r l c sCcrvcnlcn, was knocked to tilt*
ground when hc rel~!sedl o snlutc thc flog, t h e flag was
pusl~eciinto his dart, nnrl hr wns srvcrrly kiclccrl attd
l ~ a r e nabout Ms lumd and hotly. H e was llrc most
severely injured of the hrothcrs and he never quite
recovered from the bentlng. I-Ie rllecl a few years later.
H e said later that as he wns being bcatcn he fhougllt

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to himself that he was so glad this happened to him

police in plain clothes with flashlights pointed the Ii@t


beams on t h e windows to stone out. The police stahon
was only a block and a half away. I went there twice
?nd irdnrmed them of what was happening. They said,
Wlien ow people salute the American flag, we'll give
you he&!' The mob stoned 70 Ismall wrndowpanesl
out of the hall and a stone as large as my fist just
missed Sister Gertrude Bqvs head and took a corner
of the plastered wall out.
Mob violence also erupted during the 1942 assembl.
in Klarnath Falls, Oregon. A~cordmgt? Don M i l f o d
mobsters cut the telephone wlres b r i n g ~ wa discourse
from another co~ivention city, but a brother having
a copy of the talk immediately took over and the
program went on. Finally, the mob broIre inlo the
hall. The Witnesses defended themselves and when
the door was closed again, one attacker-"a
large
powerful mans'-lay unconscious inside the buildin
lie was a police olficer and his pleture was taken wit%
his hndge alongside his face. "We called the Red
Cross," says Rrothcr Milford, "and they sent in two
womsn wlth n fitrpfchrr nnd took hfrn out. EJc! wfiq.
lnlcr tic:urI to sny, T tlidn'l think they would Ilghl.
The poll(0ct rcfustad lo nld the Witn~sses,nnd 11 was
over four Eiours hcfort! thc mob wns tliaper~sd11y the
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and not to one of the newer brotlzers because he knew


that he could take it, while perhaps a newer one would
have weakened and compromised."
"The town of Litchfleld was very proud o f its accomplishment," Brother Wlssman recalls. "In fact, a
number of years later, along in the 1950's, LitchAeld
had a centennial celebration with floats depicting the
oulstanding events in the city's hundred-year history.
One of these floats was in commemoration o f the
mobbing of Jehovah's witnesses in 1940. The town
ofncials considered that t h b was a memorable event
fn their history, May Jehovah reward them!"
xJNxImDrn PmAs
So serious and numerous were the violent attacks
upon Jehovah's witnesses that Ilnited States Solicitor
General Francis Riddle and Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt
(wife of President Franklin D. Roosevelt) made public
appeals for the disconiinuance o f such actions. In facl,
on June 16,1940,the very day of the Litcfifield incident,
during a coast-to-coast radio broadcast over the network of the National Broadcasting Company, Riddle

stated:

"Jehovah's witwssea have bee% repeaiedlp set u p o ~


m d beaten. The had cornwitted . P ~ Ocrime; bat the
mob adjudged
hcd, and m e k d out m o b punk.sltmeat. The Attorlzey General has ordered am f m n ~ e d b t ~

tGy

bvestigalio?~of tliess otdtrages.


"The people must be alert and watchful, and above
all cool and sane. Since mob vlolence wlll make the
government's task infinitely more dimcult, it will not
be tolrr~ltrd. Wr ~ihnll not deft-at the Nazi evil I,y
ernulai in$? i t s mcthorls.'"
But such plcas did not stem the tide of hostility
against Jeliovnh's witnesses.
CHRISTIAN GATIIERIXGS I)ISRlYPTED

During those turbulent years, Christians in the


United States sometimes were assaulted whik gathered

peacefully f o r Bible instruction. That happened, for


example, in Saco, Maine, during 1940. Wh iIe Jc h ovah's
witnesses were in their second-floor Kingdom Hall
there preparing to present a recorded Bible Iecture
on one occasion, a mob of 1,500 to 1,700 formed, ach
cording to Harold B. Duncan. He clearly recalls that
a priest was with them, sitting in a car .in front o f
the hall. "The fellow in t h e [adjacent] radio repair
shop turned on every radio he could t o full volun~eso
as to drown out the talk," says Brother Duncan, adding:
"Then the mob started stoning the windows. The

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ASSAULTS DURING MAGAmNE STRFcET WOBR


While poliprnen in some locgities failed to prptect

Jehovah's mtnesses, that certamly was not lnvarlably


true. For ins.tance, as he did ma azine street-work in
Tulsa, Oklahoma, years ago, I..Pnyne notwed that
a policeman always was mlthin .sight. "So," says
Brother Payne, "one day 1 asked him why he was aIways so close by. His remark was to the effect that
even though he had a large territory to cover, he
would be In that vicinity bccause he was not going
to let anyone run me off or heat me up. I-Ie had read
how the little towns were treating the Witnesses and
could,,not see why anyone would want to hindcr this
worlr.
As it is, Jehovah's servants often were assauIted by
violent mobs as they engaged in witnessing on the
streets with The Watchtower and Co~zsolatiov. For
exam@, George L. McKee says that wcck after
tveck m one Oklahoma community mobs ranging from
100 to well over 1,000 infuriated men assailed Witnesses engaged in magazine street work. The mayor,
d d c f of police and other oficials would provide no
psolection. According to Brother McKee, generally the
mobsters were led by a prominent physician and

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leader of the American Legion, a cousln of Belle Starr,


not or lo^^^ woman bandit. First, drunken henchmen
started R Blslurbance. Then came thc mob, armed with
pool stlckr;, clubs, lmives, mcnt cleavers and guns.
'Thrlr object? To run the Witnoss~saut of town. But
~1ic.11Sniurdn
Kingdom prnclalrn~rs d~termined In
advqnl:~I ~ O k
Wn g they were ~ o i l i glo engage in street
wo~~lc
and, l hough the mob wo~tldgather qlifckly, they
wcrr! r;ltrcc~sfulin corn TetIng the nllntted time, Many

mnzaz~ncs WCYF ~ a c e with


B
shoppers.
One Saturrlay about fillteen Wl lncsses were accosted,
' W c rcnllzctl we would have lo ~rly upon Jehovah
God anrl ~ o o djudgment l o cscnpr wltl? our very
Iivcks," says nrother McICee, contlnz~ing: "Without as
rnlrcll u s R warning, they bwnn 1 0 nttnck three of us
brnthrrs wit11 IheirS knives nntl cluhs.
With our
brr~kcn m m s , cracked skulls anti nther 'Injuries, we
wrnt to Tolit. different doctors in the community, hut
a11 r'cfuacrl 1.0 givc the trcatrnent: wo a e ~ d e d .We had
to lrnvcl lo a community flfty miles nwny lor t h e
services o f a sympathetic doclor. Brnlses and feelings
soon hmlcd and wc were back on Ille street corner
on the fnllowing- Saturday wit11 tllr good ncrvs of the
Kin~cForn. This spirit prevailrd thror~~howta n the
trou)llesornc times we had in (he hcnt of persecution."

. ..

FDRY AT UONNERSVIW~El
Notable among acts of mob vlolenco were incidents
thnt acrurred In 1940 at Connersvllle, Indiana. Certain
Chrlat Eltn women on trial there were falsely charged
w l t l ~"1.lot'oaa conspiracy." As Rrothrr Rntnbow, a zone
srrvanl, nnci VIrtnr and MHrIfrtl SvlbrnItEt left the colrrl:
IIOIIA(~ on ltir* Ii.lrllk first clny, nhotlt lwrtlly men lunged

nt t hclr crii*, ll~rr:~trned


thtm wllll rlrnl h nnd tried to
nvwt uibn 1 Ilr! vt~hfrlc.
On Ills Ii.Inl'~Ilnnl day, the prosecuting attorney used
his nr[:uln~ llrnt- Inore for l n r i t l n ~to rlot, sometimes
spmlrI111:rlirficlly to armed men in t l building.
~
About
9 : M p.m. tho verctict came-"G~rllty." Then a storm
ni vlr)lrnce hroke loose. Sister Schrnldt says that she
not1 hclr husllnnd Victor, who was rjno of the lawyers
handllng tho case, along with two other brothers,
w r e cut ow from the otllar Witntlsse~ and were accostcd by n mob of from two to threc htmdred. She
tt'lls 119:

"Alrnwt Immediately, a borra~e of all Pdnds of


frttit, vrr*ctnhles and eggs begnn homharilln us. W e
wcro told lntcr thnt the lnobstrrs hnd unloadef a whole
truclrlond of these items on us.
"We Irled to run to our car, but wcre headed off
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Then the mob rushed at us, striking the brothers m d


hitting m e In the back, causing a whiplash cffccl. B y
now, a storm had broken in all I t s fury. The rain
was cornin in torrcnls and the wind was lnshlng
furiously. ~fowevcr,lllr fury of the o l c m c ~ ~was
t ~ ill.
significant in cornparsson ivllh the fury of Illis tlemoncrazed mob. Bcc~uscof the storm, many took to their
cars and drove nlonfi.side of us, elllng And cursjng
us and afways i n c l ~ ~ d i nhhovaXPs
g
rlnrnr in thcir
cursings. Oh, liow lt Ilnt pkrced our hearts l
"But in spite of tlic storm it seemed na tllauph
there were r ~ Icnst
t
a hundred men on foot pressing
down on us. Once n cnrload of friends drlvcn by Sister
Jacaby (now Sisicrr Crnln) from Springfield OIno, tried
to rescue us, hut thr mob ncarly upset the car nnrl
kicked it and tore nt its doors. This brought mote
blows u on us ns thc mobsters pulled us owiiy from
the car. h e friends werc forced to drive on wlthout us.
As we were driven on nnd the storm cmtiriyd unabated, the rnohsterrr ltept ycllfng and chanting: Throw
them in I h c rlvrr.! Throw Illem in t l ~ crlvrr!' 7'111s uncbr.llslnfirl~nnlslruck Icrror into my lzenrl nntl n s w e
R j) I~O:ICIIPII
t h~ h r l ~ l ~1y0 moss I tic rlvrr t lit- ~mt~nnt
sll~dpnly s t q q ~ , r Sclt~n
~
w W P ~ C~ c t u n l l y nt-rna~I ~ P
hr'idar. It lvns t13 tl~oi~j:h
,Irhnvnh's n n ~ u hr~rl
l ~ hllntlrtl
1 1 i ( a mob nt: t i ) wl1rr.r. wt* wrrc! I thou~llr,'011,
dvliovnti,
Il~nnlc yo^^?'
"Then the bi burly mobsters begnn s l r l k l n ~thc
brothers nealn. ?low liard it was t o scc rornn,nln you
love being struck! Each time they struclt Victor, ha
staggered, but nwer fell, These blows were blows of
horror to me , ,
' T h e after Clme they approached me from the
back and would ~ I v me
e that quick whfplnshing push.
FinaIIy, we wcrr? se nratcd from tlir Iwo bratbers
and as we wnllcetl loceed arm in arm, Victor m i d : Wc
haven't srlflrr.r>rlrls murh as Paul. We hnvcn'i I-rslslrd
unto the shcclding of bltrorl.' [Compare Ilrhl-ews 12:4.1
"It was very cimk rind getting late (I Icarnrd Jnler
about 1f:OO p.m.). We were beyond the city IZmits nnd
near exhausilon whcn ~uddenly a car sloppet1 very
close to us. h Ian~Zll:irvoice said: 'Quiclc! Gcl In!' Oh,
hcre was tlial. ntic young pioneer lad, Rny Frnnz,
rescuing us Irom Ihia vlolcnt mob!
"Here again, we all Sell that Jchovall's nnaeZs had
Minded thc cnemy from seeing us enter the car. Here
in the car snip from the mob were dew Brother Rain*
bow and Iiis wlfe and three others. Somehaw that
little car made room for all eight of us,
nil felt
that Jehovnh's angels had prevented the enerny
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violently incensed against US, with no indication of


releasing us. It seemed as though Jehovah wlth his
loving arms had reached down and rescued us! We
later learned that after the two brothers were cut
ob from us they had tound refuge jn a haystack until
some brothers found them early in the morning. One
of the brothers had been severely hurt by an object
thrown at hlm.
' W e arrlb-ed home about 2:00 a.m. drenched and
cold, as the s t o m had ended a heat wave and ushered
in cold air. Our brothers and sisters min!stered unto
us, even closing five open wounds on Victor's face.
How thankful we were to be In the laving care of
our dear brothers!"
Despite such severe experiences, Iluwever Jehovah

veled at this fact and felt it t o be a manifestation of


angelic help.
. To me it explained how our German
brothers had faithfully endured the heat of Nazi
persecution without wavering!'
Brother Pillars was repeatedly beaten Into unconsciousness, then revived and beaten again. Finally,
unable t o bring him to, the mobsters soaked him with
cold water and tried to make him salute a two- by
four-inch flag, according to him, "the only flag these
great 'patriotst could find!' As they held it up, they
wodd also hold up his arm, but he let hts hand droop
domm, showing he would not salute. Soon they had a
rope around hls neck, Jerked him to the ground and
dragged him t e the ja~l.Dimly he heard them .say:
"Let's go ahead and h o n ; ~Mm. Then we'll be r ~ dof
those Witnesses forever, Not long thereafter, they
tried just that. Brother Pillars writes: "They put the
new one-half-inch hemp rope around my neck, tying
the hangman's noose behind the ear, and dragged
me into the strect. Next the rope was thrown over a
pipe that extended ,from the building. Four or five
mobsters begnn pulIing on the rope. As I was lifted
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upholds and strengthens his servants. "SO," m a r k s


Slstcr Schmidt, "liere we had undergone another kind
of trial which Jehovah had mercifully helped us to
bear and to 'let endurance have its work complete.'"
--Jas. 1:4.

m~
AUTS OF MOE B a m A L m
Many were the acts of mob violence having Jehovah's
witnesses as their targets. ]In Decembr 1942 at Winnsboro, Texas, a number of Jehovah's witnesses were
accosted by a m o b while dolng magadne street worlc.
Among the Witnesses was 0. L. Pillars, servant to
the brethren (circuit overseer). As the mobsters approached, the Witnesses concluded that street work
could not be done under such circumstances. So they
began wallring t o w ~ r dtheir car. "In the middle of
thc main strect, In his sound car, was the Baptigt
reacher, C. C. Phillips," r e c ~ l l sBrother Pillars. "He
lad heen preaching nbnut Christ and his being crucified,
but as soon as he saw us he changed his sermon. EIc
slarted ranting and saving about how Jehovah's witncsses would not salute the flag. He told Elow he would
be happy to die for Old GIory and that anyone not
saluting the flag should be run out o f town. As we
passed his truck, we looked ahead lo see another mob
coming toward us. Soon they dosed in o n us and
held us until the city marshal appeared and arrested

us."

Later, the mob entered the ofice of the marshal,


who made no attempt to prote& the Witnesses. They
were seized by tlze mobsters. In the street, Brother
Pillars, for one, was bein pummeled with fists. "At
this time," says Brother Sillars, "3 experienced the
most unusual help. 1 was taking a terrible beatin
Blood was gushing from my nose, face and mouti?:
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soiousness."
The next thlvg Brother Pillars knew h$ was back-in
thc unheated jalL A doctor exarnmed h ~ mand said:
"If ou want this boy to live, you had better get him
to txe hospital, as he has lost a lot of blood and his
eyes have dilated!' To this the marshal retorted: "He's
the most stubborn devi! 1 have ever seen." ':How those
words encouraged me, remarks Brother Pdlars, "for
they assured m e I had not conlpromised?"
After thr doctor left, the mobsters flled through the
cold, unlit jail. They s t m k matches t o see Brother
Pillars' face, and h: heard them ask: "Is he dead yet?"
Someone replied: No, but he's going to, die." Chilled
to the bone and soaking wet, Brother PxlIars tried to
keep from shivering, hoping they would think he had
died. Finally, they left and all was uiet. Eventually
the door opened, the Texas State ~oyiceentered and
Brother Pillars was taken b ambulance to the Plttsburg, Texas, has ital. He haXheen at the mob's mercy
for six hours. but what had, happened when they
hung him? Why was he st?? allve? "I found out those
answers late the next day, remarks Brother Pillars,
adding:
"Inlo m y prison ward at the Pittsburg hospitaI
where I was recuperating came Brother Tom Williams.
He was a local attorney from Sulphur Springs and a
real fighter for righteousness. He had endeavored to
locate me tvlth no success until he threatened to sue
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How very good it was to see a brother's face! E e then


told me that it was all over town-I: had been hung
byt the rope broke!

'Later, when the F.3.L made an ofldal fnvestfgatlan


and this led t o a grand jury Inquiry, a group o f
Pentecostal men were willing to testify. TEicy said:
'Today i t is Jehovah's witnesses. Tornorrow i t wiH !IF!
us!' M e n they described the hanging, they said! W e
saw him dangIIng on the rope. Then it brolce. When
me saw the rope break, w e knew it was the Lord that
I~rokeit'''
The marshal and other officials Red a m s s the state
Ifne. Hence, they never were put on trial. Brother
Pillars recuperated and mhtrncd to his work a s sewant
to the brethrcn in that area.
EMDUELING BRlY!l!AL f ~ S E C W T I O N

'1 could never endure such brutal persecution!" you


may exclaim. No, not in your own strength. But Jchovah can malre you strong if you avail yourself of
his provisions for spiritual upbuilding now. The paramount reason for the persecution Is connectcd with
the issue o f universa1 sovereignty. In eflect, Satan
chnllcngcd God, claiming that no human woultl rcmain faithful to Jehovah under test by thc Dcvil. Whnt
a privilege it i s to maintain i n t e ~ r l t y lo God, thus
proving Satan a liar and su port111 Jehova11's slile
of the issue!-Job 1:l-Z:l.O; 8rov. 2f:11.
In the ars since those turbulent days of many
mob attacE upon Jehovah's wilnessee In the United
States, Gocl's people have becomc lncrensingly aware
of thew need to depend fuHy upon Jehovah. Wide lhcy
will defcnd themselves and their loved ones In harmony
with Christian principles, they do not arm themseIven
with deadly weapons in aniicipatioi~of attaclt, I Mnt t.
26:51, 93; 2 Tim. 23243 Rather, they recognize i Rat
'the weapons of their warfare are not flesh1v.'-2 Gor.
I0:4; see The TVatchto+i~;u;er,
June 1, 1968, paEcs 3493~U.
'Ir'AEOOWkTIC ASSEBIBLY IN BAFNT X I O W
Humanity was in the throes of World War 11 and
rsccution was raging against God's people. But 'Jrova!] of armies was with thcrn! (Ps. 46:1, 7) ITc saw
to lit (hat they were amply providd with good things
In n spirittlal may. Very noteworthy along these 1Sncs
was t h e Theocratic Assembly of J e h ~ \ ~ a h '\Vjtnessrs
s
R t Saint b ~ j s >I\~~ssou~~,
,
A u g u ~ t6-10,1911.
JchovaWs servants; were eager t o he present for
that assembly. So, m a y of them were on the road,
bound for Saint Louis. We soon learned," says SIstcr
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aine ITJM Wat~h.towmor C~ltd~TatiomlIn the car


wlndaw to identify themselves; so we did too. The
whole trip was one aF wnvlng to total strangers that
gnssf.tI US by, but we Bnew they were our brothers
y their srnlles nntl wavcs!'
Desplte rcwsurr! from Cnthollc Aetfbn and the Veternns of &rclgn Wnn, thr management of The Arena
reluscrl to rant,rl tlw contract for its use by J~hovah's
wllnrsses. ITowrver, the Cnthnlic churches c~rculated
prn~,TtEnudathat causer1 nlaily householdwm to cancel
r o o ~ n silicy wvrm going to rmt lo Goil's pcople. "h'uns

from d o n r to rlaor tclling people not lo rent their


rorlrns to ,fcl~ovah'swi~nrssrs,"says Roberr E. Raincr.
kImcr, upon arrlvnl In Saint Louis, "so many Witnesses
wrrc willlout roornIng nrcommodations that it was
nrrrssary to have rnatlrrisses n ~ n t l c and stuffed so
t l ~ c y could deep thrre on the Arena gro~mds," a*
cording In hTnrr:arct J. E!ogcrs.
C o n r c r ~ ~ l nthr problem of rooming accommadation~,
~ ~ n ~ ~n ni tsF sr i i. t P r G . J. J ~ n s s e nstate: "During tl~e
ronv(ntton n pirlurr! apvnred in the newspaper of
n W i I ~ v s : ; inol lln' r~ntl hcr rhllrl sleeping at night
nn I l ~ r111m
nl Itie rnnv~ntlon crounrls. 'l'hat did it,
:I*11~ Irlcbnl i.rrrlrlr*nlH, morr ~ o f t - ] l ~ : ~t r
hnn
i ~ dtheir fdse
t rnc1i(~ia~,
I ? ~ ~ g rI ~r v r ~r-1111 I l i r a rootnlng rlrpnrl m a t : to
KII
I ~ I I ~ t.l i c * l i - rxtrn wonla wrlbr i~vnllnblr! to the
~rtnc*!:+;cjR,"
Ilriar~! l o n ~ ,~ ~ c ~ o nwcl-c
ls
l > ~ l n golfered
1)y t rlrr:r'nms, iclrphonr! c;~lls,letters, pcl'sonal calls
niul otllcr metllls, Kin d11m publuhers wcrc even
~ t o p p ~ on
< l thc streels
people who offered thorn
WE IF^

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nccomrnodations,
Some Wltncsscs, an arriving, headed for the Theorrntir: fii~ller Clty. It grew untll the site was teeming
wilh B i 7 trallcrs, 1,824 tpnts, 100 rnrs wllh sleepers,
99 t m c k s ant1 3 buscs-anrl n population of 15,526. "It
was immensc," r~mnrkaE d n ~Corra, whp also ,says:
"Strect~w r r r nnrnetl and tbclrc wrrc washlng Eacrlities,
pl-opcr bntl~roomincllEiL1s, and so forth. It was a wonr1c:rCul algP~t to hcl~olcl-pcople from different Hates
living in their trailers, tents and buses, all in one
accord."

SOME PRQQRAM r n a m m m i
SpIrltually rewanling indeed was the convention
roEr.am. For Inslatice, 1Iazel Burfortl, now a missionary
Pnnnrnn, mrnnrlts: ''Tllere we thrilled to h a y clasiR e d for u s Zhc Issue o f rile utiiwrsal dominatmn of
Jchovah as Supreme Sovereign and h o w that involved
the Intcgrliy 01 J ~ l ~ o v a hservants.
k
We realized
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wide.'"n his talk entitled "Integrity," Brother Ruthera


ford pointed out that the question Satan raised in
Job's d a y was, "Can Jehovah put men on earth wha,
under the most severe t ~ s t ,will prove faithful and
true te God?" Yet, it was shown, the primary issue
was that of universal domination. Amon other things,
the speaker urged his listeners to be A o l l y and unreservedly devoted*to The Tl~eocraticGovernment by
Christ Jesus, knowlng that it shall vindicate Jehovah's
name and b r l n ~ :deliverance to all who love righteousness and serve- Jehovah.
There was a convention feature that especially
touched the hearts ofi, assembly deIegates. Sunday,
August 10, 1941, was Children's Day" at the Saint
Louis convention. EarIv that rnorninff a baptismal drscourse was given and 3,903 persons w e l - immersed,
among them 1,%7 children. Rut for children-and
adults too-that day was very special. "A31 children of
co~lswratedparmts between the ages of 5 and 18 and
having resewed seat tickets will assemble in the
main arena directly in front of platform," said
rinted program. Brother Rutherford's discoursc
$he
~hifdrenof the Xing" was schrduled for 1 l : W a.m.
By then the convention au&ence had become a
tremendous throng of 115,000.Directly in front of the
speaker's platform and in the box seats all around it
was an extraordinary audience--all children between
five and eighteen years of age. As Brother Rutherford
stepped on the pIatEom, the youn stem cheered and
clapped. He waved his hundlrerehicf and thousands of
young hands waved back. Soon he strode to the front
of the platform, llternIIy beaming at ihe sight,
J. F. Ruthcrford llad much to say to all those
younp;sters nnd the thousands of others In that vast
hudirnce. For Inslancn, Dorotliy Wilkcs states: "Tlre
hope of pnrndfsc mndHions on the earth became ver
real to us as Brother Rutherford remarked, in efCec{
that 't:'zlteestates you saw along the way to the assembly
were noihing compared to what you are ooing to have!' "
And Neal L.Callaway, who was one ofthe youngsters
in the audience that day, once wrote:
after concluding his talk, the Society's president said: 'I have
a question to propound to each of
who have agreed t o do the will of ~ o JOU.
a n dhaveOfta en
your stand on the side o f the Theocratic Government
by Christ Jesus, and who have agreed to obey God
and His King, please STAND UP!
"We arose as ope body. 'B~hold,'exclaimed the Society's president, more than E,W0 new witnesses to
the Kingdom!' After long applause he said: All of
you who wilI do what you can to tell others about
God's kingdom and its attending blessings please say

Aye!' Then came a thunder of 'Aye' from 15,000


children on their feet,
"And then the Society's president said: 'If ou had
an instrument in your hands that you coulc? use to
the honor of Jehovah's name, would you be diligent
to use it?' We answered 'Yes!' 'Then be seated, and
I wiII tell you about that instrument. The Lord has
made ossibIe the preparation of this book as a mes.
sago &I?
you. The title of this book i s "Children."'
What tremendous applause followecl!" A free copy of
the new book Children, written by Brother Rutherford,
was given to each child seated in the speciaI sections
of The Arena and ihe trailer camp.
Many who were resent for that grand occasion as
mere children c o n i k c d to progress, observcs George
D. Caron. "They became pioneers, entered Gilead
School and took up missionary assignments, went lo
Bethel, and otherwise advanced with the organization.
Today they arc the bachbone and sArcngth in many
congregations throughout the world.
On Sunday afternoon, August $, 1941! aiLing J. F.
Rulherford spoke to the conventron audrence for the
last time. FIe did so exlempora~ieously,without notes,
for about forty-five minutes.
Re made snme very significant remarks about leadership of Jehovall's people, saying: "I want to let any
sirungcrs here lcnow what you thfnk about a man being
your Icnder, so they won't be forgettin Every time
something rises up and starts to grow, &ey say there
is some man, a leader who has a great following. If
there is any person in this audience who thinks that I,
this mian standlng here, i s the leader of Jehovah's
witnesses, say Yes. IUnanFmous NO1
"If you who are here beIicve that I am just one of
the servants of the Lord, and we are working shoulder
to shoulder fn unity, serving God and serving Christ,
say Yes. [Unanimous YES1
"Well, you don't have to have me as an earthly leader
t o get a crowd like that to work; that kind of a class
of people would fight the Devil with a Missouri elm
club, and the are fighting wlth the sword of the
spirit, which
more effccllve."
Repeatedly during this final talk, Brother Rutherford urged his listeners to carry forward the work
of preaching the Kingdom message.

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CLOSING DAYS AT B E T A - S A W

By November Brother Rutherford's critical fllness

had galned ground and he was compelled to have a n


operation at Elkhart Xndiana. Thereafter he expressed
a desire to go to dalifornia. So he was taken to a

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San D1eg.o residence known as '93e~SarIm."For some


t h e it was apparent to h s associntes nnd the best
medical experts that he could not recover.

Briefly it may be sald that Brother Rutherford l ~ a d


a severe case of pneumonia after his release from un-

just Imprisonment during 1918-1919 because of

hls
faithfulness to Jehovah. Thereafter he had only
one good lung. I t was YirtualIy impossible for hlm to
remain in Brooklyn, New York, during t h e winter nnd
still carry out his duties as the Society's president. I n
the I M O ' s he went to San Diego under a rloctor's
treatment. The climate there was exceptionally goorl
and t h e doctor urged h h to spend as much t n r ~ cas
possihlc in Snn Diego. That is what Rutherford dld

ull~mnlely.

I n t irnc, a dIreet contrlbuton was made for the


tirposr o f constfurting a house in San Dlego for
r3rother Rutherford's use. It was not built at the expclise of Ihe Watch Tower Society. Concerr~lng this
y p e r l y l the 1939 book Salznfioa stal~rl: "At San
icgo, California, there is a small piece of laud nn
wIlic.11, in the year 1929, there was built a house, which
is calIed and known as Beth.Sarim.'"
Sister Hazel Burford was one of the nursea who
cared for Brather Rutherford during hb final IIlncss
at Beth-Sarim, where he w a s talten in Novcrnher 1941,
She tclIs us: " W e had the interesting times, for lin
got to where he would sleep all day and then all
night long he was busy with the Society's husIness
and kept us on the maw," One morning about tho
middle of December three brothers, inclutling R r o t h r r
ICr~nrl-,arrived from Brooklyn. Sister l3urhrrl rccalls:
"Tlley spent several clays with lllm g o l t ~ g ovPr the
alanunl rtapormt
for t h e Yerwbor~lcnnd other or~aniznllorlnl
matters. Alter theic departure, Erc~lIlcr Iiutt~eriortl
co~ltinuedt o wenhcn and, about thrcv wccks I:~ter,on
Thursday, January 8, 19-12, he faithfully finlshcd hls
cnrthly course ant1 graduated into ftdler servicc prlvllcges in the courts of his heavenly E"at1ber." I ~ t c r
that day the news was sent to the Brooklyn hcadquitrlcrs by long-distance telephone at 5:15 p.m.
How was news of J. F. Rutherford" dcnth received
at Brooklyn Bethel? "I: will never l o r ~ c tt h e day we
learnetl of Brother Rutherford's passing," comments
Wllriam A. Elrod ,;The announcement was brief. There
wcrc no speeches.

k mrQoT3!mANmoPJ
Thursday, January 8, 1942, marked the end of the
earthly life of seventy-two-year-old Joseph Fr~nFrlrn
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dent of the Watch Towar Society. When the Society's


flrst pwstdent, Charlea Taze Russell, died In 1916, the
13Ible Shclents were slioclrcd nnd many wondered how
l l ~ r coulcl carry on in Gocl's service. Furtlicrmore,
aplKEih mrn s o u ~ h t control of the Socieiy and this
posed rol,lems jar somr t h e , though their op~~osition
nncl scKrrnfis wero completely overcome through di\;lne
nit!. ' l l l ~
tlentt1 or J. F. Rut herford did not have such
erlects, I~owcvrr.Of mnssr, foes of God's peo le thought
that fllc work of Jcliovoh's uritrlcsses woufd grind t?
a stop, hut 111eywere mistaken. "Tlw theocratic organlxalion room!ded without a halt or n stumble," remarlis

C;r;~nt Ruitcr.
On Jnn1r;u.y 13, 1942, all b a r d members of the
Pcnnaylvr~nln nnd TPWYork corporations used by
Gorl's ~ ~ r r q met
~ l c jou~ll nt Brooklyn Bethel. Several
t l ~ y senrli~lr, 1 1 1 ~~ o e i r & s ~ i e e ~ p ~ r s i d e n
Nathan
t,
11.
Iinurs, 31id aslied Ilint they cnrnestly seek divine
wistlom by prnycr rind meditation, and this they did.
7'1icIr joint meelln was opcned by pra cr for Jehovah's
uliiant+c, and rcfter cnrelul consicf~ration Brother
~11oi.rwns nnrnln~fcd and unanimously elected presirlu~rt of tho S o u l ~ t y ,"No cmc thnt 1 Icnew about even
r(ut>:itlontvl the ;~ppoJnimcni of I3rritllcr Knorr," says
a

F-

C . W. 11111'hcr "111i11 ~ v o r y o ~ iwns


u
dctcrmined to stand
alioulrlrr to Hi101111 ~ v rsu1q~oi-{in M M r~ncl proving our
rlrvul lor, f o Jrhlr\ i ~ l i l ~ ~
i ~ ~ j : ~ ~ n lTIIC~C
x n t k nW.i I S complete
uriil y r ~ l illriotlE
~ r ~
a11 1 111' dll'c~lors of the Society."
M:IIIYI c l ~ g v i ~ mand
s
lotters were received showing
Ilia1 Jehovilh's acrvslnts world wirlc were unified and
rlrlcrmlnrd. lo cnl'ry on w l t l ~tllc prc:lclling worlt.
N~thnn
Homer Kilorr was barn at BethIehem, Pennmylvanln, In 1905, o f American-born parents. When he
WRS sixbeen ye,?CB old, hr) hccamr! associated with the
Allentown congregation of Ilible Students, and in 1922

~ltenrletlthe C!cdnr Point cunventian, where he made


up his mind to resign from membership in the Refrrrnird CIiurcl~. An opportunity to be immersed in
water to sytnbollzc the dcttlcatlon of his lIfe to Jehovah
Gorl cnmc on July 4, 1923, while Frederick W. Franz,
from Brooklyn Bethel, was visiting the Allentown cong r r ~ nion.
t I4rotllcr Fred Franz tlellvered the baptismal
rllst.o~u'sc,nrld rlphtrcn- -car-old Natllnn >I. ICnorr was
nznou the indivld~lalrt:tptized that day in the Little
~ e l ~Ilivr~..
i ~ tT h i s has always been a joyful day to
renlcinber, and \vhnt *? plcnsurc i t Ilas been for Brother
Kx1o1.1'to be p~.lvjEr~:@d
to \vorl< side by side with Brother
3 ' l r t l Franz fur uvur fifly+one years now!
A l ~ o u l two mot~lhra Intcr, OH September 6, 1923,
Brntller K n o n 1,rcnrne a member of the Brooklyn
13rihcl family. C, W. Barber recalls: "The noontime
ilinl he ~rrived, upon coming hum@ f o r lunch, we

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raw a r n g brother busy putting his dotlies and


things
to ohe of the dressers in room A-9. Not
knowing that a change had been made and tllat he
was taking the lace of a brother that had been moved
to WBBR on &aten Island, a few words of remonstration followed. 'What are you doing here?' 'We'v?
got enough in this room already and it's too crowded,
W? figured one more in the room was too muctl, but
things calmed down, and the young brother turned
out t o be none other than Brother N. H.Knorr. Fat
exactly a suitable rvelcome, but we often en oyed talhng
aboul this situation years later and laugked heartfly.
Right from the start it was evident that Ile had not
come t o Bethel to do an thing else bul a ply himself
to the work at hand.
ikapglled hirnscl!. vigorously
in the sl~ippingdepartment and made rapid progress
in handling resp??sibilities atid doing whatever he
was aslrt?d to do.

they should have the ability to expFss thernse1.vm


Scripturally. They shouId be able to glve reasons for
their hope. That was the view of the Society's new
president, N. 8.Knorr. As C. James Woodworth reflects on the past, he says: "Whereas in Brother
Rutherford's day the emphasis was on "Religion 1s a
Snare and a Racket,' now the era of global expansion
was dawning, and education-Biblical
and or anizational-ommenced
on a scale heretofore not fcnown
hy Jehovah" people."
In succeeding years the emphasis on Bible educat3on
was to become even more pronounced. Jehovah's witnesses had indeed entered an era of edlxcation for
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Later he served on the dispatch desk at the Society's


printing plant and on February 8, 1928, he was appolnted'by Brother Rutherford to be a copartner in the
publishing of the Golden Age magazine. Clayton J.
Woodworth was editor; Robert J. Martin, business
manager, and Nathan H. Knorr, secretary and treasurer,
When factory manager Robert J. Martin died on
Seplcmber 23, 1932, 6. F. Rutherford appointed N. H.
Knurr to serve in that ca acity. On Januar 11, 1934,
Brather Knarr yas e l e c l d a s a director.of tge Peoples
Pulprt Association (now Watchtower Rible and Tract
S o c ~ e t yof New York, Xnc,). He was made the As.
soclntion's vice-president on January 10, 1935, following
the dcath of E. J. Coward. On dune 10 1940, Brother
Knorr hecame a director and was chosen as viceprcsidenl of the Pennsylvania corporation, Watch
Tower Bible and Tract Society. His cluction re the
residency of both sorietles came about on January 13,
942. He was also made president of the International
Bible Students Association. As to Brother Ihorr's attitude toward the work, J. L. Cantwcll recalls: "In
1940, when there was so much persecution going on,
branches were being closed down and mob action was
taking place. One ni ht we were working overtime a t
the factory. A 'fire &ill' was called and, among other
ihings, Brother Knorr, who presided at the resulting
meeting, said: ? know that things look bad for the
work. But something all of us here will want to re.
member is: If Armageddon comes tomorrow, we will
want to have run the factory all nlgkt tonight."'

!i'

EDWOATENG PEOPLE FOR TJFB


Jehovah's people had been using the testimony card
snd the phonograph in their field service. However,

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COURSE IN T ~ O C R A T I UfiKCNlSXRY
"Just a few days more than one month after Brother
Knorr became president of the Society," says Henry
A, Cantwell, "arrangements were made for what was
then called an Advanced Course in Theocratic Ministry."
And, what was that? A school, inaugurated at Brooklyn
Bethel In February 1942.
C. W. Barber ex lains: "All the male members of
the Bmoklyn nethey ljlmlly were invited to enroll
The course conststrd Hrst of n Icctu~u!delivered t o ' t i e
entire school. The sislrrs were lnvitcd to nltcnd, but
lhey were not at that time enrolled in tile school.
After the lecturc we adjourned to smaller rooms
where all enrolled would present student talks under
the tutorship oi: trained counselors." L. E. Reusch
adds: "Each month we had a review prepared by our
school instructor, Brother T. J. Sullivan."
Does that sound familiar? If you are one of Je
hovah's wllnesses, you know what started over three
decades ago a t Brooklyn Bethel-the Theocratic Ministry School. Soon other praisers of Jehovah were
benefiting Prom this education IO?, A t their "Call to

Action" Assembly, held m 247 titles throughout the


United Stares on April 17 and 18, 1943, the "Course in
Theocratic Ministry'' was announced and dernonslrated,
A surprise printed release bearing the same name
was a 9 6 - p a ~ ebooklet that told how to conduct the
new school In each congregation and also furnhhed
information for weekly instruction talks. The ap ointcd
school inslructor was to act as chairman an$ offer
constructive counsel on six+minute student talks delivered on various Biblical topics by male enroilees.
If you are enrolled in today's Theocratic Ministry
School, likely you were apprehensive about your first
student talk. But suppose the entire school was new,
as it was back in the early 1940's. Then rvhat? A

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brothfr's first talk in the schooI could be ulte an


experience. "My lmees were knocking toget%er, my;
hands were shaking and my teeth were chattering,
admits Julio 5. Ramu, "I did not last sfx minutes h e
cause I gave thc entire talk in three minutes. That
was my first experience in platform speaking, but 1
did not quit." "?'he King of Eternity'' was Lhe titIe
of Angelo Catanzaro's ilrst student talk. "1'11 never
forget that," he says. "My mother said that I gave
that talk every night for several nights in my sleep.'"
But prayer and reliance upon Jehovah played a vltal
part. "They were willing and tried," comments Louisa
A. Warrington, "and it was marvelous to see how
Jehovah's spirit aided t p r n .
to become proficient
and confident spealcers.
From the start nf 1959, sisters in the congregations
d Go& people were privileged to enroll in the Theocratic Mlnistry School. Demonstrating how to give
sh:minute sermons to people at their homes resented
quite a challenge for them. Now it was tKeir tun1
to get ncrvous! Grace A. Estep had a sermon on the
first evening that sisters gave presentations in the
congregational. Theocratic Ministry School. "Oh, was
I scared!" she admits. "But it was an easy subject and
very familiar, and somehow I: got through it. Although
it was such a difllcuIr thing to do, how pIeased I was
afterward for this added blessing from Jehovah!" Is
that how you feel?
Yes, it all started at Brooklyn Bethel back in February 1942. Today, however, the Theocratic Ministry
School Is a re ular feature of Christian training provlded h the d.576 eongre ations of Jehovah's people
earth-widc. Since its inceptyon, t h e Tl~cocraticMinistry
School has done much rnr Jehovah's people, Fine,
improved spealrlng ahility became noticeable at an
early date. Thus, aftcr 1944, the decade-Iong use of
the phonograph was replaced by oral witnessing by
theocratic preachers at t h e doors and in the homes
of Ihe people.
A noteworthy feature of the Theocratic Ministry
School is the reading of God's Word. This has h e n a
regular part: of the program. One of the early publications deslgned for use in the Theocratic Ministry School
was '%quipped for Every Good Worlc," published in
1946. Mabel P. M. Philbrick will tell you that t h i s book
"made it possible to have a better understanding of
the writing and preservation of the Bible, as well as
how the addition of the Apocrypha came to be. I: lcarned
l o r thc first time what the Talmud was, the Masoretic
text and many other features. Best of aU was the
analysis of every book of the Bible."

Various publications of succeeding years were FIXpared with the Theocratic Ministry School in mmd.
Among these was the Watchtower-size book "AZI
Scripture Is Imperedl of God and Be?taficiaZ," of 1963.
Doubtless expressing the thoughts of man others,
Alice Babcock ap ropriately calls it "a veritabe storehouse of spirituaPtroasuros." Here was another publication that thoroughly discussed each o f the sixty-six
books o f the Bible, with special emphasis on the ways
in which each Elble book is beneficla1 for Christians

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today.

Currently used Ln the Theocratic Ministry School,


and for personaI research, i s a work that repregents
six years of research. Some two hundred and fifty
brothers In more than ninety lands contributed to i t ,
and then a special staff worked on the material at the
Society's headquarters in Brooklyn, The result was a
1100-page volume covering Scriptural topics from
"Aaron to "Zuzim." Its t i t l e ? Aid t o Biblc Understandi?~g,corn leted in 1910. Truly it has been a provision from fehovah.

A PURILTU BPEARITYC) OAMPAIQN

Back in the 1910's the Thcocratlc Minlstry Xchool


soon pmducrd man unlifled brolhers who could g k e
,anuury I945 n worlrlwidc public
public tnlks. n u s
spcalring campaign was inaugurated. 1Sach spenlcer
prcparcd his own discourse, but the Watch Tower
Soviet ensured uniformity of presentation by selecting
the su&ecls and furnishing one-page outlines for these
hour ialks. This public meeting campaign began with
a series of eight talks,. the first entitled "Will Man
Succeed as a World-Builder?"

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Besides t h e speaker, other Kingdom proclalmers


had part in the campai~n.How? By advertising the
discourse through handbill distribution on the streets
and from house to house. At times distribution of
printed invitations was coupled with the wearing of
placards advertising the talk. Fre uentIy the discourse
was delivered at the Kingdom %all, but a Iccture
series might be scheduled in rented facilities or elsewhere in some outlying area o f the .congregation's
territory. If you attend Chrrstian meetlngs regularly,
U ~ e nyou are bcncfitlng from such public meetings to
this very day.
I n those earlier days, of course, deIivering a public
talk was quite a challenge. I t was something new.
Says W. L. Pelle: "For many, many years, on the
night before I: was scheduled t o give a public talk I
wouId kneel down at my bedside and pra to Jehovah
to give me the ability and strength to deyiver the dB.

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course in a wa pleasing to him. I advise young
brothers in the h o c r a t i c Ministry School to do likewise bccause Jehovah has always heard my peation
and he will hear theirs alsoan--Ps, 65:2,

JEHOVAH PROVZIDES FOR A


WORLDIVIDE W T W E B S
Some three decades ago mankind was in the throes
o f World War 11. T o some it may have seemed imractlcal, then t o plan for international expansion of
Cingdom-preaching activities. But Jehovah's spirlt
strengthened his servants to move forward. Providing
education for life was vitally important.
In September of 1942, Brother Rnorr and the other
directors of the Watcli Tower Society unanimously
approved the establishment of a scllool designed to
train missionaries for mitiisterial activity in countries
throttghout the earth. Where would it function? On the
Society's property in the Finger Lakes area o f upper
New Yorlr state-Kingdom Farm, near South Lansmg.
Situated there was a large three-story brick hulldin
completed by the Watchtower Society in 1941. It has
h e n constructed as a refuge for members of the
Brooklyn Bethel family, should intense persecution
require their Zransfer to that location. But it had never
scrvcd that purpose. It seems that Jehovah perhaps
directed matters all along, with a unigne purpose for

ihla structure. Now plans were mzde for a new


theocratic educdional institution. T f i - e school itself

would be named the Watchiower Brble College of


G i l ~ a d . Later it was called the - ~atchtoiver-%ibl&
School of Gilead.
There was n flurry of nctlvlty. Beginning in
Oclohcr of 1942, A. D. Schraeder, Maxwell C. Friend
and Eduurdo F. Kcllcr prc ared the courses outlined
by the governing body, worfring up ledurcs, acquiring
textbooks and gathering a library. At the same time,
adjustn-tcnts wurc made in the existing hufldingcl at
Kingdom Farm in order to provide a library, an
auditodum, classrooms, sleeping quarters and other
fariliti~s.Those were thrilling months!
Imagine the surprise of certain pioneers when they
received applications for the new school. The greater
thrill came when those applications were accepted.
"We felt extremely inadequate, but grateful for the
rivllege," remarked Brother and Sister Charles Eisen.
ower. "Our applications were accepted, We sold our
car and irailer and headed for school. That was Gilearl's
first class, The schooI was new, the classes were new,
the instructors and students were mew."
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day, February I, 3943. Snow covered the fields of
Fingdom Fnrm. It was a cold and win'cry day. Yet,
ins~dethe administration building forty-nine men and
married, some single--gathfifty-one women-some
ered @th great delight. Joining them for the school's
dedication exercises: were directors of the Soci~ty
members of the faculty, friends and r e l a t i v e 1 6 i

persons in all.
Talks were given by F. W. Franz and W. E. Van
Amburgh, as well as others. Brother Rnorr himself
delivered the address of welcome and dedication,
Doubtless all those present agreed fully with his
comments: "Jehovah God has provided thls land and
building named 'Gilcad' tor His purpose. To Him we
eive all thanks and vraise." No question about it? This
school's establishment was a rnajbr lh~ocraticdevelop-

ment.
Bible Research, Theocratic Field Ministry, Public
Bible Speaking, Su reme Law, BibIe Themes-these
were some of the suEjects t o tvhhlch indusWious students
g a w their attention during the Ave-month course.
Iticluderl was instruction in a foreign l a n g u a g 4 p a n i s h
i o r t h e flrst class. Truly, ihere were many thlngs to

Icarn. But Gl1e;td students also spent: some timc each


school. day p~rIorrni11gcertain farm nnd domestic
dulleti. For one thing, this helpetl to rcljctre nervous
tcnslon. Weckday evrnlngs were f o r personal study.
Weelrcnds p~ovided line occasions for the lifesaving
work of Kingdom-preaching. Students and instructors
alike enga ed in the field service.
World J a r I1 was still raging when the earliest
classes of Gilead School graduated. Since it then was
virtually impossible to send missionaries to Europe
and westward to the islands o f the sea, as well as
Asia, they werc sent Arst to Cuba, Yexico, Costa Rlca,
Puerto Rico, Canada and Alaska. Since then they have
gone to the very ends of the earth t o declare the
good news of the Kingdom "for a witness."-Matt.
24 :14.
Graduation of Gilead School's thirty-fifth class took
place a t Kingdom Farm on July 24, 1960. The thirty.
sixth class opened in facilities of the Watch Tower
Society at 107 Columbia Heights, Rroolrlyn, New York,
on Monday, February 6, 1961, How beneficial it i s to
have this school at the Society's headquarters! Students
are now privileged to hear discourses by more brothera
associated with the Soaety's staff, including members
of the governing body of Jehovah's witnesses.
Three decades have passed since the Watchtower
Bible School of Gilead had it8 start. To date more
than 5,500 students have attended this institution of
theocratic education. Of this number, over 2,500 an?

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still active in full-time wrvlce, pmnchlng the good


news of the KLngdom around the world.
KINGDOM MIhTXSTRY ISCnO(bt

The emphasis an theocratic education for life has


continucd through the years, In 1958 worllr bcgnn en
n course of study for a new school. Thls one was f o r
uvprseers. Called the Kingdom Mltilsl~~y
Scl~ooi,origillally I l s coursc consisted of twc~ily.Puur scZ~oaldays,
nincty-six classroom sessions and twcrity Illslruction
tnllts or lectures. Subjects incluilcrl RIn~rlomTmchings,
ITfrId hlinistry, Spabng ant1 Ovcrs~css.'rho first group
Zo attc?nd t h e Ktngdom Minlstr)f S~rlioolcolrsistcd of
Iw~trty.five stuclents, United $1 aXrs rlrcui2 s~rvants
(ovv~'sovrs)nnd l h r i r wivrs whu wurta nni graduates
or I ; i l r ~ ~ Scliocll.
tl
?'Rat first course rrln from March 9
In A )ihll 3, 3959, i n the Suclcly's f~~c~ililicls
ncnr South
~ , n n s \ r t ~ $New York. T h e ~choolwna trnnsf<!rrrd t o
Ihr! 11c~:tdquxr'ters in Brooklyn on April 9, 1967.
With the passing of time, ttrere I ~ a v ebeen adjustments in the Kingdom Ministry Scirool, such as ImIrmcntntion of a ttuo-tvmk study course. FClingdom
Rlnisiry Schools have becn held in many countries
thr.oughout the earth, to the ffrcat hcnefil of Jehovah's
fcopln. In a number of lands rhe instrurtorr lravel
rora place t o place, using IocnI R l n ~ r l o m Halls so
Ihnl mom elders can benefit from l ~ n v i ~the
l ~ : school
nt n locnl ion mom convcnicnt tn them. How thnnkful
J r h o v n l ~ ' ~eople can be that this flnc iralntng has
k~cilnprovl&d! The Kingdam Ministry School llnr done
rnlichh to ~rluipChristian avcrserrs lor thrlr rapon-

r;il~ltltIrsant1 pri\.iIeg~s.
'1'11r~l.r1s nn intcrrsljng side of tlicocratlc education
for lifrb ~ I I R Js~ not l o ht. Il?;nor~l.T l i ~ o u ~the
h years
~ o m i ivl~o
*
have srlughi Scrll,tulnl know1rd~:ehave been
I l l l t rmtr, hir I, t licir p1.ublcn1 11ns13ui hr!rn [~ushcdasEde.
311 nlniiv I;ul(ls thc org:~ni-rution uf God's pcoplr has
provltli:~l fo1. Iitcl-acy classes; same hrrvr been higl-hy
rbolnii~rx~~dctl
by government ofiicaInle. Rlrn nurl women
t~:tvc! It*:u'ncd to read and write n t ~ dmany AInong thcm
Ilavr gone on t o enjoy rich privileges of scrvice to
J~hovrils9 honor and glory.

A "GO AREAD" SIGNAL 18 MITNDED

Back In 1942 Brother Knorr and 111s adrnll~lstrative


nssnclntes realized that there was much work aheacl.
In fnct, at the New World Thcocrattc Asscmbly of
Jchovah's Witnesses on Suplembcr 18-20 In.?", a "Go
nI~cnd"signal was soundcd. Clevrland, bhiu, was the
key city, with fifty-one others tlcd ill ttiroughoue the
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'me ronventron's keynote speech rvaa delivered by


F. W, Frnnz on Friday eveninE, Se ternhcr 18, 2942,
Entilled " ~ h sdrily Light," it wan Raseti nn Isaiah.
rlinplcrs 49 and 60. I n that discourse, th- "Go nl~entl"
signlil rang clearly. Julia Wflcox writes: " A l t h c colrclur~lonof Ihc I<cynote speech, ''I'he Only L I ~ l i 't I rlozl't
thlt~lc anyone
the audientne thougl~l tht! llme had
L V J I n l ! to ~ l i l r kthe hand and relax. No, it was time to
' a ~ ~ l sand
u shine,' su that GGod people rnlgllt continue
t r ) ~.cfjfcttlle only light itt rile ctnrkn~ss of thls old

wortd.

Urolher Knorr SolEowed I?. W.Frenz on the program,


spr:nkin$ 011 the subject "Presmting 'the Sward of the
X[urll.' ' I-Jc opened his discoursr wlXh I l ~ rsignificant
w~)r(Is:T h e r e Is Iurther work to he done; i~luchworlr!"
I7irrther Indicating that there was work nhcnd were
statcmunts rnlrde during the public cllscoursc nn Sullilny
ailrrnonn, September 20. The subjcct ? A strnn e one,
Inrlrerl, slnrr the nations wurr! then enmcsEed In
Worltl Wnr TT. 'rIre topic wns "I'encr-Cnn It Last?'"
'rhnt wtlulrl hc a very imprtnnt S ~ P C S I ,
Rrntl~cr
Knol-ta rrnHzrtl. l W t h J~hov~h's
n1i1 110 W I I S rl~trrrnlnrd
to 1:.lr*cIt 'till Ile Iiad.' "MnnZ1i.r lwhr~,''
sirys 1,. la:,
IEs~tst.11 "I rboulrl hrnr hlm 11t'11(-11rl1tl:r1111 Il)u11, j:olnf:
~ l v r t lila
~
p~rl,ll(~Inlk 'Pvnrr* C'nn 11 T,r~st?' Illr~rnlly
~ I V A V I I U of I i~ r~(+s,My r 3 ~ t 1 1 ~I -1I I II I T I wnR nrl ihd* llo(1r
rlli~~~c:(ly
unrlt11. t h s pmsirlc!~lrs r[~rrn~lvl~.r.
So, I Irrioy
pc,l.sr)~~l~lly
llrjw long rind hard Itc pt'ncl Zr'c'd 011 rl(>llvc~i'y.
nttrl t ~ gthat fast-moving hour-long tnllc, the League
of Nntlrsns was boIdly identiflccl with thc scnrletcntorcd political creature of Revclntion chnpter 17. I t
wnR polntrd out th?t t h e L ~ ~ ~ I111~n
I P in
, thr nhyss of
tniicl~on, 'was not, but it wnulrl not remnin In the
,it. (IErv. 1 l : R ) It rvould rise :]gain. "But mnrk this,"'
\<nor]- cleclnred, "the prophvcy sl~nwsthal when the
'lloasl' corncs out of the abyss al ihc end n l thiw total
wnr it comt!s out with the woman 'I<nbylunlon Its backF
or ahe rllrnba upon its bar4c as sootl n s It gt:ls out.'
Yet, n ~ ltl~ c r the man-made pcacc nor thc scarlet*
colwrerl honst rvould last. Soon l l ~ cbcast ltsulS would
11c utterly destroyed.
necrilllng that discourse1 Marie Gibbard comments:
"FEow ncctlrnte1y the prophecy of n~vrlation 17 has
unfo!c?crl,ns Jt was shorvn that. the Luaguc wuuld come
out of IIIP nl~yssto an uneasy pcaco t h a t would not
I;~sl?Wlint n marvelous protection Tor us not to he
srvnyetl hg the world events I o rtr1low.--1l ~ elubllntiun
lllnt Pnmc to this country whet] V-F: ni~il b - Days
~
:u.l.lvrrl nnd then,in 1915, when the Unlterl Natlonu w 3 s
I~allctIns the answer to Suture peace! I'hls tnllc reallx
rri;ttfc tnslfng lrnprassions fur prartlenl tq-q~lication.

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The inference also was clear. Jehovah's servants had


work to do and there would be soma time remaining
in which to do it,

seek to aid them in the field service and to upbuild


them spiritually. C i r ~ i tassemblies aIso play a vital
role in advanang Klngdom interests. Did you know
that during the past service year, twenty circuit
assemblies, on the average, were held each week in
the United Stales, with an average attendance of
L,GOS? Summing that all u p for the entire year, there
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At: that 1942 assembly it was announced that representatives of t h e Watch Tower Society would regularly
visit congregations of God's pcople. (Zone servants
had previously done such work, but their activities,
and those of regional servants, as well as the holding
of zone assemblies, had been discontinued as of De
cember 1, 1941.) The sending out of the Society's
traveling representatives was to be resumed on October
1, 1942. These brothers were known as "servants to
the hrcthrcn," comparable l o circuit overseers of today.
"They would examine records of the congregauons
and assist I b e brothers in advancing the Kingdom interests," says Sister J. Norris. "All of this made us
conscious of Jehovah's care for his peaple through his

organizalio~~."

From October 15, 1916, onward some new features


were to be introduced in connection with this work.
The field would be divided into circuits, each of about
twenty companies Icongregations) These would be
sewed for one week hy t h e , traveling overseers,
primarily concerned with assidmg the Witnesses in
their house-to-house preaching. Twice a year all the
congregations in a circuit would assemble at one point
for a tlzree-day drcuit assembly, over which a "district
servant" would preside. I n succeeding years there have
been adjustmenls in this arrangement, and you are
benefiting from it now if you arc one of Jehovah's
witnesses. Yet, what was it like some years ago?
Let us take the district worIc of the 1940's as an
examplc of the efforts put forth by these willing
shcpllerds 01 God's flock, Look back to the laie 2940's,
for instnncc, when Nict~olasKovalak, Jr., was ouc o f
t h e few brothers engaging in the district work in
the United States. Referling 'to October 1949, he says,
"I traveled 4,020 miles by car t h a t month!" Hc also
says: "I had five c i r c ~ ~assemblies
it
on the weekends,
besldes serving several congregations In between. So
I traveled, talked, witnessed, checked the records,
ate, studied, read and had a little lime for sleep!" One
week he traveled dose to 2,000 miles serving two
congregations and, on the weekend, a circuit assembly.
Of course, not ,all his trips by autqrnobile were that
long. "Now with more congregations it makes it
easier," Brother Itovalak admits. "Jehovah is good
to us and sustaiiis us!'
Circuit and district overseers of today are keenly
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C H R X 9 W NEUTRALS TAKE THEIR STAND


As the Watch Tower Society's new administration
got under way in the early 1940's, World War I1 was
in progress and a number of ChristSan men were
undergoing a test of t h d r integrity to Jehovah. In
the year 1940 the Seleclivc Training and Servrce Act
went into effect in the Unlted States, which was still
at peace. It autIlorized the ~ o n s ~ ~ i p t ifoo nr military
service of young men over eighteen years of age,
but rovlded for the exemption of "regular or duly
ordafied minlstprs of religinn," In dass IV-D. In the
majority of mses, 3choval1's witnesses were denied
classlflcat~onas rnlnist~ra.They wrr'e neither seditious,
nor would thcy inte~-ft*re
will1 mllltary nr orher pzursuits af human gc~vt~rnmenl
s. Howr:volh, t hc Wlt nesscs
th(rmsp1ves wcrr dr~tcllhrnlnt~ti
lo rnniutnitl strEri nc!u+
trality as CIiristlnns, td r~lln 17: 16) 1:urt herrnorc, t l ~ y
had 'bc;ilcn lhelr swords into plowshares.'-lsa. 2:2-4,
In fliousnnds of cases, the govcrnrncnt's attorneys
argued that the Witnesses had t o go into the armed
forces before they could seek relief in the federal
courts. So from the federal distrfct courts integritykeepers were sent to prison, a number receiving
the maximum sentence of flve years' incareeralion and
a fine of fen thousand dollars. Interestingly, when
Eugene R. Brandt and six other Witnesses were sentenced, the judge pointed to a flag hanging 0x1 the I V ~ U
behind his bench and said, as Brother Brandt recalls:
"Do you sce that flag? Well, 1 can see the lace of
my god in that flag and so I have no objection to worshiping it, and you should feel the same way."

MAPEXNG GOOD USE OF TIME IN PRISON


That flrst night behind bars was quite an experience.
Pioneer Daniel Sydlik (who now serves at Brooklyn
Bethel) was jailed because of his C,hristian neutrality
in 1044. He remembers lying atop his bunk and listcning as the steel gates, "like rumbling thunder, rolled
tn a close." One by one the sound of those gates came
closer until his cell gate quivered, then rolled slowly
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ing sensation swept over me, which made mc feel


trapped, without a way out, Then just as quickly follorved another sensation equally overwhelming, which
made me feel great peace and joy, the kind of pence
that the Bible speaks aboutL1the peace of God that
excels all thought.' "-Phil.
4: 7.
Brother Sydlik, like so many others, eventually found
himself in a federal prison. What did Christian neutrals
do there? They made good use of their time. When
not busy at prison duties, they often were allowed to
hold meetings for study of the Bible and publications
of the Watch Tower Society, Also, the improved
their general education, as b~ s t q d p g Yoreign languages such as Spanish and wck
oncerning Christians imprison* a t Mill Point, West Virginia, rLudoIph
J. Sunal says: We had our congregation book study
. . . Each durmitoly group of brothers had its Service
Meeting and Theocratic Ministry School. . Sunday
we had our Watchtower study in the library. . . Another provishn that we werc able to arrange for was
the privilege of miniature assemblies. . , One summer
we used the ball Eeld and had !he piano and othe;
instruments for music and a most instructive program.
RecalIing the Christian educational program in
prison during those days, F. Jerry Rtolohan remarks:
"Our study meetings of all kinds were exceptionally
well attended and it was so educational we humorously
called the Leavenworth Prison Honor Farm 'Stonewall
College.' "
The Watch Tower Society was concerned about the
spiritual welfare of these young men. Hence, arran ernents were made for certain brothers, such as A.
Mamillan and T. J. Sullivan, to vjsit them regularly:
Why? T o provide Scriptural counsel and encouragement.
Whetlier frce or Imprisoned, Jehovah's witnesses
seelr ways of carrying uut their commission to make
disciples. (Matt. 28:19,20) True, the opportunities open
to these Christian neutrals were now limited. Eut that
did not still their lips entireIy. Brother Molohan comments: "1 made the most of one opportunit a goodhearted man aerving a life term, Frank $den, becoming my firct 'letter of recommendairon' and being
b a p t b d in the mule trough."-2 Cor. 3~1-3.

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PETITION FOR PARDON

On August 10, 1946, a significant resolution was

unanimously adopted by upward of 60,000 delegates


a t the Glad Nations Theocratic Asscmbly of Jehovah's
Witnesses in Cleveland, Ohio. It petitioned the president
of the United Slates to grant full pardon to over 4,000
wrongfully convicted and imprisoned Witnesses. Such

tian neutrals who Illegally were denied their rights


by draft boards and fcdcraI courts from 1940 to 1946.
T o my surprise,"' says Edgar C. Kennedy, "the
chairman announced that the resoIution, asking f o r
full pardon for all these men, wauld be personally
presented to the president of the United States by a
representative from the Society. Sinm Harry Truman,
the Iorrner army ofieer with whom I: served during
World War I, was the president, I thought it would
be well for me to mention this fact to the chairman's
ofice, which 1 did." As matters turned out, at U:30 p.m.
on Friday, September 6, 1946, the Society's general
counsel, another lawyer and Brother Kennedy, a pioneer, met wlth the president for some forty minules.
According to B r ~ t h e rKennedy, Truman listened mtently as the Society's lawyer developed the features
of the resolution to the point where executive clemen$y
was requested. Then, he recalls, "~rurnanbroke m
with a flare of emotion and said: I don't have any
use f o r a S O - - B that won't fight for his country.
Bcsldes, I don't 1HIce the clisreslpcct you people show
for thr? flag.'" Brother Tlcnnrdy contlnucs:
'WOW 1 Imcw IhnL It was my turn to speak, I
identilled rnpaclt as n f o m r r fellow army officer nnd
said (hat 1 hnrl heen rcx~~onsil)lc:
lor' supplyInff his
batlery wllh nll th? nmmunltion Ih:~t it llntl ilrecl during
tlrc wixr. I took a licture of thc regimental oinccrs fmm
my hri~feasc
laid it on hh desk. I-Ie loolicrl a t it
and said that he had the same pic$ure hanglng over
his desk in his library. I then told him that it is
harder fighting for Christian principles than it was
fighting in the war. I briefly explained the reason
why Jehovah's witnesses do not salute the flag. He
listened and then said, 'I see I was mistalien.' "
According to Brother Kennedy, the president thereafter gave hhis attention to the Society's attorney "as
he concluded the request f o r the release of Jehovah's
witnesses being held in prrson under the Selective
Service Act. Truman then said that be would discuss
it with the Attonley General."
In time, President Truman appointed his Amnesty
Eoard. They reviewed thousands of court records and
draft board files, recommending some pardons, But
on December 23, 1047, Truman pardoned only
136 Witnesses, whereas 1,523 pardons were granted.
Other religious groups, havlng only 1,003 men imprisoned a11 together, compared with 4,300 Wllnesses,
got t h e lion's share. Consequently, the vast majority
of these Christian neutrals were d~serirninatedagainst
only because they had been resolute in thcir deiermlnation ta maintain integnty to Jehovah God.

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x m ma= FIGHT o m m m s

Xn the W i t h and Estep tascs, thc United States


Supreme Court ruled, on February 4, 19-16,that the
lowcr federal courts had been wtmnE In rtenylng t h e
WIl nessrs 1 he ri h t to a fair 3ic;lring: ~ n d
i n rnalr~t'aininr: t llnl l hcy h a 8 to entcr the arlrlcd forthra bcrorr! they
r:c~rl\dclc~frndthemselves in court, On Urct%rnbc~.
23, 1946,
In the II'L~~POA
and Dodaa cases, 1 h COII!'~
~
extc-nrlcd the
law so as lo permit defense in c o ~ ~ by
r l JI-LIIOVRII'S
witnesaca who hud been diargcd will) J'iilllng to report
to n conscientious objector camp or' to 1 v m ~ 1 nin such

that Brother King orighatd in prlson. Tt Is gong NO.


10, entitled "From House to I-Iousc." So, do not fear
t h e i u l t t r ~ . Jehovah can uphold yor~ ns he dld in.
cnrverntrd Christian neutrals In the Unjted States as
well ns man other integrity-lteepers,inclur ling I3rolhcrs
Junes nntl &ng, who had the i!nrd exprrlcncc ol! in
r8nrceratlon in u Cornrnulfist Chmcse prison,

prvc:rdent for all the federal courts to iollorv.

rnLPING HANDS R E A m O m
Sept~mber2, 1945, brought the end of World War XI.
The 'lirntch Tower Society's brancl~ o m c ~ swere soon
r ~ n p n c r tIn many lands. Con~rcgallanswerr* reestabllsi~rd nnrI pir ritual food again I.lecntne nv%llnhle in
~ v e ~ l n c t . c n s i n~lnlounts.Yet, Chrlst inns In wnr.mvn ed
no liolis I I C L ' ~ P $ material things Loo, lic!~n:,In n rllsp ny
ol' C hrlsl la11 love f o r their nrcdy LeIlow Ziellrvers,
dr*hovnll'a ~lcoplelaunched what provrrl to bc rt twoanrl-half-yeur worldwide relief saml~nl:no ( J o l ~ n13:34,
35) bi1it ncssos in tile United Stales, blnadn, S w l t z c ~
Innd, Swrtlrn and elsewhere contrlbut crl clothln y: and
lnrmcy Xo h ~ y
food to 11eIp Christians I n AusFri;~, BPI~ l u m Ih8lr::il-[a, China, Czrrhosln~~i~ltEn,
Drz~rni~t'lc,Eni
n,
,
,
;
I It~nEnr.y,
Il;ily, Ihv N ~ ~ Z l ~ i ~ r l zNorwny,
~ n t l s , t l i r n l'hlfI[il~lt~c*
.I(iq)\it~lIc,

FIZtM KN FAITH DBSPIm lMPrtXi3ONMENT


Laolcing hack some three decaclcs to t h e flu s when
RQ many Cl~rfstiann e u t r a l s were Irn risonetl &r their
Intc~rlly.keeping,a person may won& wiiat h e would
do rlnrlrr s~rnilas circumstances. 11 docs not really
rnnttvr wbnl excuse the encrnv uses lo Inrarcerate
I
lod(.. With Jehovnll's help lntc rlty can be
nlrrlrilnrk*A, e w n as It was hy thosr $ut~drecls of
( :lii'l:.l i : 1 ~ III!U~I'IIIY somr years 81:~.IH I9li5, a l l e r seven
yt*fil'.q IIL Ilrtl Vh!na9s prlsons, Stanlcv I:rricsl Jones
to ovpr aa,mo persons nr Y m i r c ~Stil(Iiurn in
rw Yorlc city. While irnprisoncd, 110 hnd mcdilntccl
on the Scriptures, resorted lo pruyor ~ i r i r lIrcpl himself
spiritually strong with the aid of Jchuvnh's spirS1. But
o11~Ihin Ihat Ile mentioned was: "Wc'le only Going to
have trifulation 'ten days.' In othrr worrls, tl~rrrc is
~ni?g
In I7c an end to it. E v w ~ t J ~ . i u
CU~?IC.P
g
to 111: and
j r i rla o w r tr?lw. Therefore w e just entlulr; Goit wlll
hrFng us through,''-Rev. 2:IQ.
A fellow missionary. HaroId Kin
spent nearly
flvc years in a Red Chinese grison, kh, too, hnd rernnlnecl spiritually strong. Dl you know t h a t , whllo
Imprisoned, he even composc~lIIIUEJ~Cb n ~ on
~ l Scriplural lhoughts? Yes, the songboolc used by Jehovah's
wltncsses t ~ d a y ~ ' ~ ' S i n g i nund
g
Acco?,~
pntt?ji?rg YrulrsrLrr8 ?t,itJ~~ ~ T I I S Iz?bC Your Hi.arls"--conlninc; n mclody

lot* ICln~rlorn work, declarc the s;irnc good nrws lor


whtch I l ~ r yhad been imprisoned nntl rrcoup thew
splrl t ual Ict~owlcdge.Their compelling desire, Iollowlng
s~lchgrcnt nnd extended bardsl~ips,wns an lnspirallorl
to 11s and we wcre happy for t h e prIvllef:c! o f hcl Ing
tcr aupply. Ll? n small way, their rnalcrlnl needs. ~ l u t h It~g,slirrrs rtnd olher needs were collrctecl anrl sol-teil
at the ICingdurn IIalls, then picked u p by trl~clrs f o r
shipment to our brothers. Tons and tons ~vcrcthus
Ic~vrnglys~rpp'tied."
Tot a I ahi prnents of clothing amounted ta 2,056,247
pounds. F o r ~ d shipments totaled 718,873 pounds. Adrlllic>r~nlly,321,110 pairs of slloes were sent tu nebdy
Chrl.rlians rIurnlngthis relief camgalgn. Mo11etnril.y f he
vrilucl of all this came to $1,322,406.!)0. And these kind
flllts wcm apprccinted. Comrneailng on orlo expression
c)f grnlltude, E s t h e r Allen says: "'I'hc Ietlcr of thanlts
I l ~ n lcrlme back brought tears of joy to the eyes."

n cnmp nfllrr reporting.

Thc Rovernrnent's attorneys ~ r g u e R thnl full-time


pfonccrs wclv not entitled to cxemprlon from rnilftary
sr?rvlm nntl tratnlng because lhry dlrl not have fixed
cnnf:l'r :~llons,X~urlliermorc,tl~c?~:o~~c?rnmml's
Tnwyers
c:trnlcbnfml Ihnt company servants (presirling ovcrscurs)
wtblr no1 cntitled to exemption b~causrthey did not
Ilnvt! congrcgaiiona consisting nP l n y m ~ l l ,but pr~drled
ovrr* fllosc n ~ a d cup of JeEiovahk sit nmses. Tl~oseasgumtsnts wcrc defeated in t h e Llicki~tso~r
case, rlcr.idctl in
fnrror of Jehovalfs witnesses by ihc Unltcd States
Slrpremr Court on Novemhcr 30, 1953. This set the

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lJol:ktld IIHII l t ( ~ ~ t ~ j a ~ i i : ~ .
'Xi tho rln~ilor World War TT," mcnll ITnzrlle nntl
ITPT~~II Iii'UIE, "oui3 Z~l~oZlicrs
rr!tu~'netlSlaoln Ilie prlaon
cnnlpe, ~rlutlgsick and permanently ~trllapc!tl n i tlrt!ir
nl:;ll~~-lol
pust:rssluns, some of them EC nrntrB from tlirlr
filmillcs, not l;i~nwingif they were still nliv(*in tlie flr.:ih
or not. I4ul wiih all of t h ~ sIhey werr amazing1 strong
cpit+ifUIIIIV.
T i i q ~vereweImmed bar k by illcli. %rothers
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So It was that in one direction flowed material thinus,


~ n in
d the other, great appreciation and an encouraging
record of integrity.
Through the years, Jehovah's witnesses En the Unlted
Stntcs have had various opportunttles to help lhelr
fcllrlw believers, hoth at home and ahroad, In m a t ~ r i a l
w:iys, Consider the 1970 eadhqunkt! In 3-'rru. Can.
g~*c.gatIonsin Lima gathered togell~rr clotl~lng,food
ntrd money and pprmptly took abrrut sevrti ions a?
supplics to the stricken area. Je11ovnt1'srwitncs~cn in
N r w Yorlc city donated well over ten tona c ~ fclothin
'I'hia was, in fact, far more clothlng thnn wlra nrr?defi
Also, the Watch Tower Society provldccl $20,1)00 f o ~ :
i l n [)ranch oflicu t o use in obtaining w l i > ~ t r v wna
~ . ~ ' 1.c.
ciulrcd hy tllr brothers In thr! ~tric'lcmi~rcn.Slmllnrly,
trit3 wnh r~vidcclwhen an earl11 unltr! rlestrnvrd ]\;lan;tgo:l. dc;iwaua, in 1972. Such !isplnys n l L'brisfinn
l o w nrr? rcrni~iiscent of the good-h~:lrtcdl i k r i ~ l l l yof
first-ccntury Christians.-2 Cor. 9:1 +Id.
Yet, the aid given t o f d o w worslliper~of Jehovah
does not always consist of rnatertttl tllln~s.Did you
know that in the year I961 Jehovnl-i's scrvants In tho
United States and other Iands wrote thouenncta 01
Ictlrrs to the authorities In S ain requesting thnt
God's pcople there be granted !k?dom 1 1 I w<~r.shlp'!
And in the year 1968 they wrote to thc authot'llbs of
MaI~wiprotesting the ill treatnlent of Jehovi111'sChrlsttnrl witnesses there. They have genulne l o v h ~uoll.
~

ccrn for their brotllers everywhere.

HISTORIU CONWNTXONH

TRULY HONOR JFXIOVhrl


Large gatherings of Garl's poplr, hot11 ancient and
rnotlcrn. I~nvchrcn occasions of ~ l m splriluul
t
bcncflt.
Oftcn thcy hnvc also I)ccn tirncs of grr?nt re o l c l n ~
[Drat. 3l:ln.l:4; Neil. 8:8, 12) Tills wnh ucrtninjv t r u i
o f tho Glnrl Nr~tfonsThcocrallc Ass~rnljlyYI
o~r!i<,vnh's
Wilttesst!~ in .I,'I~vclancl,Ohio, held 111 t l ~ e
Ilrst p o s t t ~ ~ r
yrlrir, on August &11, 1996, That o o n v e n t l r ) ~ ~rv;w
d l r t ~ e n t , Mullicity assemblies liatl hccn 1Inkc:d hy
r:1rllo~2clcphnnc facilities in varlous lnnds rlurlna
ears, with large comblnecl aurll~nces, I lu t
'
s t tlme st the Glad Nations r r k ~ ~ ~ m : ~ L l ~
Ahsernhly, God's people had an Inlcmattonat ctlnvm!ion
of 6 ~ ~ 1proportions
1
that it brought tojielher Jn o ~ f o
city dolegates from dl parts o f the earth.
One formidable pre-conwntlun task was the locating
of morning accommodations for the dclegntcs. This
WRS accomplished by extemive house-io.housc work.
IIowever, m a n y delegates were accomrnotlntrd nl 1 1 1 ~
iV'Yltncsses' trailer camp There, in time, n comrnunlty

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of 20,000 lived convedently and Inex ensively. Natur a y , the delegates required physical god, and signincant indeed was the calcterln nrrnnaument at the
assembly location. There, l w l ~ v e e n 15,000 and 20,000
persons could bc fed En an hour's time.
Spiritual food was o f utmost Importance, however,
and It was ilrrnlshed in nl~undancu. For instance,
F, 'rYYFranz spalct~on "TI.le Ilarvcst, The End of the
World," an ahsolhhi~igrxpnslllon o f ,T~sus Clirist's
illustration 01 the when1 nntl, 1 hc wcrrls or tares.
(Matt. 13:24-30, 3ri-43) Ant1 it was nt this sumc assembly
that L. A. Swinglc di~cussedlhe sublect "Awakc!" H&
described the twcntldh-ccniury wnrid ns a synthetic,
atom-smasliing, jet-prop~llcil, rntlar.controllcd, electronic world headed Snr Ihc dllcl~ o f drstruction f o r
failure to be aw:llw to rhc w d Issyes confronting
mankind. Brotllel- Knorr spoltc an An Answer to
the Rousing Call," urgin his listeners 'to be awake, to
stay awake and la rcvd Jwi~in!'Y c s , the new magazine
Aumlcc! was to re lncc Cotlsotntion, fonncrl known as
' I 1 h Coldcrr Agc. h n n y yvnrs Inter Henry
Cantwell
was nble lo my: "IVltlro~rl(Iouht, Azl3r1l;r!11as II\,ccl up
to Its nnlnc in Ibelplt~j:mnny l o ribvnltr Tpm t hc slcr'p of
lcthnrffy r~nrl to 1 111.11 to t I - L ~ ( > WCII.::~I~[I.
Othrrs wlIE rt*mrvr~l,~r
t 11l.r Ihr-llllr~l:rl~scmbl far the
exrell~ntprlrnnl-y liilil(: H! l~tlyi ~ l l l I l1~1.v~ . ~ ~ ~ ~ % e d - l h
boulr "I,ct Uod Br: 'l'r.~rr,." MO!+I:t him 10,500,01)0c01)ics of
Ihc first cdil ion wrrc publlsl1r1d wllh111nbcatl six yc!urs.
Revised as of April 1, 1952, Ihc I~oolckstlatribut.lor~con.
tinued, and by enrl I971 a lotill of 19,246,710 copies
had been published
51 In~ljillngcs."IdsLGod Be T r r d J
thcn stood In lourlh place on anc list of the world's
best-selling nonfiction llnolts of I lle twentfel h century.
Thursday, August 8, was csperlally notahla a t that
I946 assembly. Brother Ir;nors spolre on Ihc subjcct
"The Problems of Itcmnsl r~rciion and Expanston.'"
Rezapturing the event, E<Eg;trCFny of the f:ritlsh Isles
later m o l e : "I had the privilcgc of k i n g l)cl~indhhm
on the platform that cvcning. and as Ile ot~tlinedt h e
work and then told ahout I hc )Inns for enlarging the
Rmoklyll B e l W home and i'nc!ory, t l ~ ca iplnuse from
the vast audlcnce sur ed In r e ~ c w e duulf,urLsls,While
one could sce no disRnvt I?T from the ploilorm, it
was easy to sense tliclr joy.

&

A LOOK AT TRIG WORLD H


m
Them must be illeocrntic wconslructl~n and expansion. That was evident.. So on Fcbl-unl 6, 1947,
about six months a f l ~ r!he d a d Nations h e m a t i c
Assembly, the Socirly's preslticnt, N. 11. Know, and
his secretary, M. G, 1-lenscl~cl,embnrkcd on a globe-

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enclrcllng slervfce tour. From personal observation dming that 47,7fmmile journey it was prxsslMr?to determine

Ar; Wednesday August 2, 1950, darned, Jehovah's


people in gcnerai had no idea of U e mnrvelour blessng In sfori' f o r them on that " 'Preach the Word' Day."
Thnr aftcl-nnon Brother Rnorr spoke on [he subject
"Turnin~ to t h e Peoples A P U ~ F
J . n n ~ t ~ ~ ~(%cp&
c.*'
3:9) Among other things, he mcntlo~~uct
t l ~ n tin 1002
tlic Wnlch Tower Society came ~nto possrsr;bn o t a
irnnel:~tinn of tlie Christian Grsek Scri turos known
B S Tiiv Emin ,iia!ir; Dingloft first prlalef on i t a own
Iwcssr:; on l>crember 21, 1526. T h p Si)c:icty thel-eaflcr
~rndrl'i~ml;ather very notable Bible-print ing nclivI2ics.
But ZhnC 3030 assembly session brou~lttto light somet h l n ~ espwi:tlly
:
ilrrilling. On that mernoruhb orca.cinn,
TJrc~tElcr JCnnrt had the great p i ~ a s u ~ o
~ tr ?r*clcsisin~the
h r t 8 t l ) 1Yn~~lrl
'I'lqatr
slntion of tlto Clr rislintt Orcck Krript!rrc.s In I;;~~gllsh.
An amazed, bighl y de!lqhl crl nutlIence
o r 82 075 nt tlze stadium and tllp t i n ~ l c r cnmp reC P I Y P C ~it wit 11 the greatcst of enihuslnsm, sustnlned
npplnuss and dccp ap reciatlon. Tcns or Ihousands of
coplrls ~ v e sr?a~cl.rly
~
ogtained by convention tlclcgates.
1Vhat a lhrS11 f o r all those nsscmhlcri!

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what ste s were required to s t r ~ n ~ t hand


~ n tlnify t h e
wirrldwlcz organlaation.
Tlml iaurney accomplished much, Among other
tlrlncn, fullowing -the tour Gllead mlaslonarlcs were
A C I I ~IC) C P ~ ~ Q I IAsiatlc
I
lands and I H I R ~ I I I Sor itrr Pacific,
IClngdom Interests were being ttdvnntncJ.Tt~e'rlrcocracy
w n s surfzlng ahead!
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.Tehovah can 'make the little one +come R tltousnnd


nntl the smttll one a mighty nntlon. ( 1 s t ~60:22) IIe
dltl ttint upon r~storingTsrneltlltr rxllm Trom J?:ll)ylon
to tl~cblr Ilc~n~dnndcenturies ny:o. Sln~llui~ly,
God has
rl~*llvc~rvd
s])irltr~;llIsraelitrs frtttn l ~ o t i t l r ~ ~to
r ! T3:it)ylon
I l ~ r !E:i.rbnt', I lic world empire of f:~larrr-llgicjn. Mn~~cover,
Ilr? l l n ~blesscvl I hcm with incrcitse. 111 t!13H thew was n
p c ~ l cof 59,047 Kingdom pmcIaiin~rvworld wirle. The11
tnirmr*fve:rrs of war, persecution a Clirlsti;lns and
tller.cn trr organizational r~constructlori :imurlg God's
prople. With what result? Wh
by 1919 .Trhovahls
C t ~ r l ttan
s
witnesses numbered 3&,117~!Tt~caocrncy'sinC I . C ~ ~ S CWRS
!

evident!

1-tnw npproprlate It was, therefore, that God%peo lo


8h011ld gather for the Theoerncy's Incl-ens. hsmrr~&~
of Jr%hovah'sWitnesses! By ail1 omohlle, hus, trlifn,
sllip nnrl plant! they came in throngs l o New York
ully's fn~nedYankee Stadium, for 111(%cl~ht-dnyinter~lntlonnlvrlnventinn on July ,70 to Augusl (;, 1950, The
inllux c)f sornp f 0,OlX)foreigners alrtl-mr~tlthr United
S1:blrhs I m ~ n l ~ r a t i o nnrl
n
?!atz~rnllznllnn ::orvjrr, rvhich
Irrr~t~~
tllst.rlmin;tto~*y
hi
i n t t i ~ t ~ l t l rupon
~s
tfrusrr vfsttor?;,
J,r~it*r,.;ur.h i ~ t ~ i i o nwere
s
111 t~tt.sted vlgan~usly hy the
:tsstm hlorl ro~lvrnlion drlcj:ntcn,
As :it llle 194ti international conventlon In Cleveland,
Clhln, nn extensive cafeteria arrangemant was set up
tn rc~rlI11c Inany thousands. ISow Imprc~xlvoil was!
'I'lrc! N e w York Times quntcd n T-Tr~~llhDcpnrtment
Insp~dorR S saying: "I'm lascinaterl. I'VE ncver see11
:~nyllrlng run as smoothly us this before."
Many delegales rvere accornmodatctl in prlvdte homes
Rnrl hotels, Holvever, over 1&00(1 vventually camped
at thv Witwsses' tsdjler camp in Nuw Jersey, fom
~ n l l c sfrom Ncw York city, MarIr! M,Grcctham recnlls:
"The hrcrlhers from all over New Yorh i~rldN r w Jcrscp
worlrerl Snr many weeks putting In wntcr pjpes, gas
ant1 cleclrlc power and toilet and bnlhing I'adlHics.
. . This cblly was conl~octedby wlm t-11 the convention
in New York, so every p r ~ s e n t a t l o nn l tllc Ncw Y!rk
City nssemhly could he heard in the trnilrr camp.

IFICP: "I'RINCEW'

213

ARE m
P
1
!

For ymrs, nTrhovnh's p c o p l ~ Ihot~ctil t hnt tnlthful


men of old thmcs, s u c l ~as Ahrrthnin, ,losr It nntl Ilnvld,

wnukl br- r r s r u r r c t t ~ dhrbjtln: Ihn rnrl or l l l l ~wicalm(l


fivstcm of 111In.g~.Tl~osc pasl xcrvnnt~ of I;ntl w t ~ c ?
r;\l[crl f'ri~ictc!~l
worthies," "fnllllful !nt7n o f olrl" nllil
"1 \IF ~ ~ I ~ c P s , The psalmist I~nd drcliirerl : "I nst c;id
of t h y fntlit*rs shall be thy c h q p r c ~ w
~ ,p m thou nlaycst
mnke pri~cr.r:In a11 the earth. (Ps.4.):Ili, liivlg Ju?ize~
Y r r ~ i o r t r So, when Jehovah's pooplr? wen1 In R cunvent inn 3'r:tI-s ago, thew was a rlrh~rrmor exl~erlatian.
IJrnt.l~:~ps
I l ~ i t tgathering woihrl hr ~nnrkrd by I l ~ r ! appcnrance af one or mare of those resurrectrcl princes
ur men of elcl!
Wlth t h a t In mind, mentally join the 82,801 conv~nliotlcrs tra they listened Inlently to F, W. Franz
on Snlurrlny evening, Augusl 5, 1950. At a cllmnclic:
point in his absorbing Scri Lural talk he u:;l-\crl: "Would
Ihis I~~tcrnntionalassmhyy be hnppy [a k ~ ~ o that
w
1IICRlC, TONIGHT, in o w raidst, ~)icrenrc n number
of pt'rlsprcltve FRIh'CES OF TIIE NF:W IMRTlI ?"
What rcarllons there were to that q u e ~ !Here are
Bonle vlvld recollections: "I recall the asp o f nrnuze.
menl t h t ~ tswept the assembly, R ~ C we
I began Iooking
nruuurl 113 cxycctantly . . .was David here, or Abrallarn,
or llanlel, olb Job? Many af us i:lstcrs harl lears in
our c!yrs!" (Grnct? A. Estep) "I: was so cxciteri I sat
on ihc edge of m y seat with my eyrs ~ l u ~ond the
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of old wouldlf3mer e at any moment." (Sister Dwight


T. Kenyon) Peopfe in the corridors rushed to the
stadium entrances to view the speaker's stand, perhaps expecting t o see Abraham, David or maybe
Moses. The audience stood up-the
atmos here was
ehathged.I am sure that if someone with a Pang beard
had walked to t h e platform there would have been no

containing the crowd."-L. E. Reusch.


A profound silence next seitIed over the audience.
Every ear seemed strained to lose none of the speaker's
words. He discussed the real meaning of t h e Hebrew
word translated "prince." He pointed out that today's
"other sheep" have suffered just as much for their
faith as did Jehovah's witnesses of oId. Hence, nothing
argues against Christ's making these "other shee
"prinas i n all the carth" as required. (Ps. 45:16; JOR;
10:16) Then, concluding his discourse, Brother Frnnz
said: "With the transporting prospects so close beIore
us, oh? Ict us keep Theocratic organization and let
God continue improving it as a New World society.
Never may we look bacl! to this modern Sodom! which
i s reserved for destruct~on,but we are dcterrnmed to
keep faces farward in full faith. Onward, then, steadily,
all of us together, as a New World society!"
EVIDENCE OF TREOCRACY'S INCRYGASPI
Sunday afternoon, August 6, was a thrillin day for
those eonventioners. Yankee Stadrum war
ylth
87,195 persons. An additional 25,2W were on the side
walks and in nearby tents. Another 11397 were present
a t the trailer camp.
So I t wns that a total of 123,707 attended Brother
3Cnnrr's ohsorbing, widcly advertised public talk "Can
You LIvc ITorcver in I-Tnppincss on Earth?" That
logicnl, moving rliscourse gave aln le Scriptural proof
that there :,re persuns who ran llvc $orever m hnppmcss

died

on earth.

A88EMBLTNG AS A NEW IVORIX SOCIETY


Another milestone in theocratic history was reached
in 1953. July 19-26 were days awaited anxiously by
Jehovah's people. From ninety-six lands outside the
United States they came, until thousands filled New
York city's Yankee Stadium. That eight-day-Iong Nerv
World Society Assembly furnished the world rnaxvelous
evidence of the international unity among Jehovah's
Chris tian witnesses.
Again, rooming accormnodatlons in prIvate homes
were obtained for thousands of convention delegaies.
Others stayed in hotels and another 45,000 lived a t

New World Society Trailer City, forty miles from the


stadium, near New Market, New Jersey. Incidentally,
Trailer City's market gave a local supplier a silent
witness about Christian honesty. Web. 13:18) Since
many Witnesses left for volunteer work at the stadium
before opening time and returned after these facilities
were closed f o r the clay, they helped themselves to
needed iierns and l e f t money in payment on unguarded
trays. R. D. Cantwell says: "This gentleman [the
supplier] was amazed to observe this and finally stated:
Mr. Cantwell, X can tell you this: You couldn't do
that in my church because you can't trust thcm.'"
That convention's international aspect was highlighted by ninety colorful banners strung around Ihe
fronts of the stadium's upper tier and mezzanine.
Delegates were greeted with phrases lib? thes:;
"Xm
k t m s from Land of Cedars, Lebanon, and Christian AZuha from Hawaii." Each day also followed a
territorial tlleme, such as "North America Day'Qand
"Islands of the AtIanrfc Day."
In kee ing with the assembly theme, on July 20
Brolhcr k o r r nve the timely discourse "LLvlng Now
as a New W O I ~ : Society."
~
Recnlllng that allcmaon,
C . W. Barber wrrtes: "As the scores of thousnnrls were
thus gnthcrcd tagclher us n 'Ncw World socjcly,' the
golden opportunity presented itsclf to oblaln expressio2
of ihis glhralcrowd ns io its solidarity and oneness.
How so? Dy adopting a resolulion crystallizing the
realization of Jehovah's witnesses that they constitute
one united New World society. The resolution was
unanimously adopted by the 125,040 present a t the
stadium, in the ovcrflow tents and at Trailer City.

AN ALARM IS SOWNXIED
This grand assenlbly was sure t o be remembered for
a convention feature that Webster L. Roe calls "a
thriller!" Concerning that particular discourse, Roger
Morgan writes: "The ialk that most impressed me at
the 1953 assembly in Yankee Stadi~unwas Brother
Franz' lecture 'New World Society Attacked from the
Far North.' "
Truly, an a I a m was sounded on that Thursday
evening, July 23, 1953. The Society's vice-president,
F. W, Franz, painted a graphic picture of the coming
attack upon Jehovah's people by Gog of Magog and
his hordes. Gog, the prophecy's principal character, was
identified as Satan. And, Franz showed, the land of
Magog i s the location of the wicked spirit forces in a
limited spiritual realm near earth's vicinity following
their expulsion from heaven by 1918 (C.E,), (Rev, 12:7-9)

YemrbooJc
The speaker showed that the present prosperity, unity
and security of Jehovah's people would cause Gog and
his forces to attack. But through all this terrific stom
Jehovah would preserve the N e w World society. How
much the 112,7UO listeners appreciated this warning
and the admonition to keep trusting in Jehovah and
proclaiming the good news of his kingdom by Christ!
iEHE ~ ~ E ~ L MOVING
Y ' S CONGZTTBION

Delegates were in for a particularly movlng exerience on Sunday afternoon, duly 26. For N. H.
norr's public discourse "After Armageddon-God's
New World" 165,829 persons assembled inside Yankee
Stadium, in overAow tents and at TraiIer City, There
were 91,562 ersons in the stadium itself. Not long
before the puglic talk, gates were opened and thousands
fllcd in lo sit on the racs of the playing field. Additional thousands hoard &c &speechover iht* Society's radio
station WBI3R.
That absorbing hour passed qulckl and soon the
public talk was over. A coal breeze rezeshed the thousands who remained for the assembly's closing session,
Baaing his remarks on Psalm 145, Brother Knorr gave
an hour-long talk stressing the need to praise Jehovah,
exalt him as God, advertise Ilim as Universal Sovereign and make known his kingship. With thc Iyrlcs
of the song "Sing Triumpl-ial Praise!" and a closing
prayer, the greatest Christian assembly to that time
came to a happy ending.

DXVXNE: W I L L XNTERNATIONAL ASSEMBLY


W h e n the year 1958 is mentioned even now," wrote
Angelo C. Manera, dr., 'There is one b ~ gevent that
comes Into the minds of Jehovah's witnesses-the 'great
convention,' the Divine Will International Assembly
of Jehovah's Witnesses. What a convention!'' This
notable gathering brought together delegates from at
least 123 countries and island groups. At a lime of

strain in international relations, wth the threat of


war looming in the Middle East, Jehovah's people met
i n eace and unity at New York city's Yankee Stadium
an$ nearby Polo Grounds on July 27 to August 3,1958.
Far nearly two weeks before the convention Brother
Knorr met with over eighty of the Society's branch
overseers and tkeir assistants. They discussed the new
hook he had prepared on branch office rocedurc aftcr
personally inspecting the largest bran&, in Brooklyn,
the one for the United States. Other profitable meetings
were held with these men, as well as missionaries,
special pioneers and circuit and district overseers during the convention itself.

217

Something happened on Wehesday, July 30, that


moved Ernest Jansma to remark: "I am certmn its
magnitude will live Iong in the annals of theocratic
history." Indeed, nothing like it had happened since
Pentecost of 33 C.E.,in Jerusalem, when about 3,033
new followers of Jesus Chrlst were baptized on one
Clay. (Acts 2:41) Shortly after hearing the talk "Baptism
Accordin to the Divine Will," 7,136 persons (2,937
men an$: 4,199 women) were imrnerstld at Orchard

Beach, some miles away, thus symbolizing their dedication t o Jehovah God. This was t,he largest mass
baptism at on? location in modern tlmss.
At this grand gatherin the earthly paradise, thc
spiritual paradise and the %cavenly paradis-all three
were considered in thc discourse "Maintaining Our
Spiritual Paradise," given by Brother Knorr, After
Chis absorbing talk, the spealres related that missionaries
in ThaiIand had onm aslced whether the Society would
roduce a study publication, not refuting falsehood,
Eut sett@g forth just the t r u e Biblical leaching. To
meet thew need and that of Christians everywllere,
lie saicl, the Society had produccd the new book &'TOY?&
Para,dise Loat to P a r a d i ~R~~ g a f n a dWdlteti
.
in simple
language and rofusely ilIuslrated, t h e Prrrarlise boolr
11as been a deeght lo young nntl old nlilcc. "A whole
generation of cllilrlren has rown up flqcring the
P a ~ n d i s ebook," says Gram
Fstep, "carrying i t to
meetings with them, sharlng it wilh their litllu plnvmates, being able lo relatc, lqng before they were old
enough to read, a whole series of Bible stories just

1.

from the pictures!'

Saturday, August 2, was " B u r Will Come to Pass"


Day. That afternoon the Society's prcsldent gave the
stirring discousst; "Let Your Will Come to Pass," after
which he thrilled his audience of 175441 by announcing
release of the new book "Yozar Wil'I Be Done OH Earth."
How the delegates yearned to robe its explanation of
grol,heeies, especially those in &e book of Dnnlol!
"WAAT A WITNESS TO ~ O V A H ! "

How might one describe what took place at: the


Divine Will International Assembly on Sunday, August
3? A prinlecl convention report sald of it: "What a
witness i o Jehovah!" That it was indeed. "Sunday was
a day that no one who was at the assembly could
ever farget," says Edgar C. Kennedy. ' T h e gatherhg
for the public talk at Yankee Stadium was a sight
to behold. morn where we sat we could see the continuous stream of people corning into the stadium,
filling the stands and overflowing onto the field, being
seated on the grass in orderly sections. To all watching,

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it was an overwhelming exhibition of the 'great crowd'


coming to the side af Jehovah's anointed remnant to
join them in praising his name, doing his 'Divine Will.'
We thank God that we could be a part o f that crowd.
As the stadium was being filled lo capacity, the same
thing was hap enin at the Polo Grounds. kt 3:00 p.m.
there was a {ushe8 silence among the more than a
quarter of a million psopIe present as the chairman
rose to introduce the speaker, N. H. Knorr, president
of the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Societ and to
announce the subject o f his talk, 'God's ~ l n g & r nRules
--Is the World's End Near?",
That vast crowd numbered 253,922! Judging from
Friday's large audience, there must have been some
60,000 of t h e public present. During that hour multitudes

heard convincing S!:riplural roof that God's kingdom


had been ruling sincc 1914
and that the world's
end is near.

8.~.

MAKING GOD'S WORD AVAILABLE


To educate people for life and to advance the
earthly interests of God's kingdom, it was imperative
that the very Rook having the Kingdom theme be made
readily available to the people. For years Brother
Rnorr had fell that way. In fact, while working a t
the Sodety's factory he long had in his desk certain
material that could be used to rint a complete Bible,
but circumstances had not devefoped in such a way as
t o make it ossible to go ahead with this idea, After
becoming t{e Society's president, however, Brothor
Knorr lost na time in making this thought a reality.
Important, too, was the producing of low-cost Bibl~s,
so t h a t pcopIc In general,could obtain and read coples
of Gad's Word.
When N. H.Knorr spoke on the subject "Rxeresenting
'the Sword of the Spirit,"' back in 1942 a t the New
World Theocratic Assembly of Jehovah's Witnesses
in Cleveland, Ohio, he identifled the Bible as the greatest offensive weapon, the "sword of the spirit." (E 11.
6:17) In essence, he expressed the thoughts of ~ehovax's
servants In general: 'If we could onIy find the text we
want, we could hold off our opponents we could comf o r t those that mourn, we could rnalre ;irnple to others
with abundance of proof, the things so clear t o us. ~f
we only had a Bible with helps wherein we couId
find qulckly what we need!'
There was such a provision made at this assemblyt h e new Watch Tower edition of the King James VETsion, the first complete Bible ever printed on the
Society's o w n presses. Months of study by more than
150 collaborating servants of Jehovah had resulted in

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compiling, as part of this publication, a concordance


specially designed for use by God's people in their
preaching work. As James W. Fflson says, this Bible
"filled a real need!' ' V e needed i t ourselves; we needed
it also to place with the people in our territories. . . .
It was fine to have a good, lnexpenslve Bible to place
with them for only $1.00. To this day it xs the only
Bible in many homes of people not in the truth."
Brother Knorr had another basic thought in mind.
That was the preserving of Jehovah's name in a11
languages, There was a translation of the BibIe that
used the divine name in the Hebxevr Scriptures. It was
the Arne?+icwngta?zdarcZ Var~ion.The Society purchased
the use of plates to prlnt this Bible, and the greatly
ap reciated Watch Tower edition became avniIahle to
ddghtod conventioners at the United Announcers'
Theocratic Assembly of 1944. 'We used this Biblc extensively on our return visits and Bible studies," remarks Edgar C. Kennedy.
A

NEW BIBLE TRANSLA!TION

Partlrmlarly since 1946 had the Society's resident


sought n modern-speech translation of the 8hristian
Greek Scriptures that would furnish the basis for
gaining yet further tmth by faithfully presenting the
sense of the original wrI1ings. When Brother Knom
s oke t o an audience ef 82,07:5 during the int~rnalional
&eocracyis Increase Assembly on August 2, 1950, hc
reported that at Brooklyn Bethel on September 3, 1949,
there had been a joint meeting of the hoards of directors
of the Penns lvania and New York corporations, only
one director {Ging absent, a t which time he announced
the existence 01 a "New World Bible Translation Committee." It had completed and turned over to the
pesst;ssion and control of -the Watch Tower Bible and
Tract Society Pennsylvania corporation, a translation
of the ~ h r i s h a nGreek Scriptures. The factory force
began tvorklng on the first of the manuscript on
September 29, 1949.
That afternoon, August 2, 1950, Brother Knorr had
the deIight of releasing to very thrilled conventioners
the N e w World Translation of t!te Christian Gm8&
r5miptursa in English. It was no revision of some earlrer
Bible translation. It was brand new! The New World
Bible Translation Committee had used Ihe noted
master Greek text by scholars Westcott and I-Iort,
while also consulting Greek EibIe texts prepared by
others. Archaic words like ''thee" and "thou" had not
been used. This Eible was in modern speech, readily
understood by present-day English readers.
Especially noteworthy was the use of the divine

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name 'lJehovah" 237 times 3n the main text o f the
NFW World TransZation of the Chdsthlz meek Scri
tu~ea.The Translation Committee's foreword clear&
presented the valid grounan for usin the Name. Many

Scfipturss

BIBLE PROIiUUTION BOLLS ON!


The abiding desire to get the Ward of God in the
hands of the people has continued among Jehovah's
servants through the years. Tlierefore, Bibles of man
types haw bocorno available. For example, the 1 9 d
"Everlasting Good News" Assmhly of Jehovah's Wit-

the people has been the motivation behind other Bibleprinting activities. Thus in 1972 the Watch Tower SOciety produced T k a Bible in IIiving English, by the late
Steven T. Bylngton. I I consistently renders the Hebrew
Tetragrammaton as "Jehovah:"
Sincc 1950 millions of copres o f the New World
Xra.;zslafiort have been distributed throughout the earth,
many of them in En lish. Greatly appreciated, therefore, was the ~orn~re%erssiq!e
Concordance of the NEW
W e r f d Translatiott of ths Holy Bcr~ptu~ss,
released in
1973, with some 14,700word headings and ahout 333,200
entries. Many members of the-Broolrlyn Rcthcl family
worked industriously at cornpilrng it, proofreading it,
and so l a r t l t Certainly, with this rovlsion much time
1s being saved in loeating d e s i r e f ~ i h l etents.
Today, the yew Iyorirrl Tr~ttsEat3on of the Holy
Xcrapfwree IS available m Its entrrety in seven languages,
and the Christian Greek Scriptures in one other tongue.
Also, work i s under way on the Christian Greek Scrip.
tures in four other languages. In English the regular
cdition of the New Wnvlcl Tranalrrtiolz of llle whole
Rible is still available f o r $1.00 a copy, and tho equivalent is all Ihnt is being received in foreign currencies
for this excellent translalion of the Bible in other
languages, \my such a low cost? So that the IToly
Scrlptures ma reacli the hands of the people, that the
honest<hearledramong them may read and acce t it,
#'not as the word of men, but, just as it t r u t h f u h is,
as the word of God."-1 Thess. 2:13.
More than three decades have passed since one of
the Society's pressea rolled 03 the first: copy of the
IVatdl Tower editiqn of the King James Versio.rt.
During the latervemng ears, many dedicated hands
have worked +lipcntiy ro get copies of God's Word
t o the people in ever-~ncreasingnumbers. Why, from
1942 through the 1974 service year, 28,533,890 copies
of the Scrlptures, the whole or a part, have bccn
produced at the Society's Brooklyn printing plant.
And it m a y surprlse you to know that during 1074
as many as fifteen rotary presses of the Watchtower
Society in Brooklyn were bdng used full time to
print Bibles.
Coupled with this tremendous production of Bibles
has been the publishing of millions of Bible study
dds. All of them-like "All S c ~ i p t u ~1se Inspimd of
Bod and BcneWal" and Aid to Bible ITnderstawd~ng-

were the fine features of the New fhorird ?'r&fi.nalatiot&.


In time, the New World Tra+trrlaZiolt had profound
effects upon the speech of Jehovah's people in general.
For instance, instead of "brethren," it used "brothers,"
and so God's servants began using the modern term.
(Rom. 1:13) Also, early in 1953 the word "congregation," employed in the iVw World Trcdfislntlofi, supplanted "corn any" as a word used with reference to
a congregatef group of God's people-Compare Ads
20: 17; Colossians 4 : 15, N e w World l'ranslniio?~.
Through the years, flve volumes of the Bovu World
5?ranslatfan o i Ilw Xlcllrew S ~ l ' i p t t ~ rwere
e ~ prepared,
then wlcnsed at assemblies of God's people. During
thcir 1061 United Worshipers District Assemblies, Sehovalz's Christian witnesses were especially overjoyed
to receive the complete one-volume edition o$ the
New WorJb Translation of the IZoly ffcripture8. Incidentall by this time their numbers had risen to
965,169 gingdom proclaimers earth wide. Surely, Jehovah had been blessing their efforts. By his holy
spirit, God was m ~ l r i n gthings grow.-1 Cor. 3:6, 7.

nesses was marked by the release of a pocket-shed


edition of the revised 1961 EnglIsh flew Wor7d Trafiulch
Zion of tlm H o l y B c ~ p t u r e sAnother
.
English rcbase was
the valuable large-print original edition, bound in one
volume, cornplele with cross-xefexences, footnotes and
an extensive appexidu~. But ust imagine ltle delight
of Italian, Dutch, Frehch, k r r n a n , Pduguese and
Spanish convcnlioners as they received the newly released New World Yranslatioa of the Christian Greek
Scripture8 in their native languages! "Bravo! 23~nvi.u.
simo!" exclaimed an Italian-speaklng delegate. A
German conventioner said: "What an opportunity for
Jehovah's witnesses to awaken the interest that the
Germans once had in the Bible!" Later, the completc
N e w World Translathn became available in t h e aforementioned languages.
Printed releases of the ''Divine Name" Dlstdct Assemblics of 1971 Included the 1971 large-print revised
cdition of the New World P~anslatiolz of the Holy

in English. And for those desiring to make


a scholarIy ap roach to the study of the Scriptures,
there is the 1,&4-~agevolume entitled .'The Kingdom
Interlrnear Translation of the Greek Scrlptures," published In 19G9.
The continuing desire to keep Jehovah's name before

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have helped to make industrious BibIc students and


competent theocratic proclaimers of the good news
out of thousands of persons from many walks of life.
And, since some persons have doubted the authenticity
of the Scriplures, earnest efforts have been made to
prove that these are indeed of divine origin. Notable
in this regard is the 102-page hook Is the Bible R e d l y
the Word of God? with a printing of ever 13,768,000
in 21 languages. This 1969 publication of the Society
masterfully shows that ihe BibIc's truthfulness does
not depend on evidence uncovered by arehaeologfsts,

as though the Scriptures were in

weak

oation,

needing aid from worldly "authorit~es."~ a t l e r ,the


boolt's weighty points are argued from the standpoint
of the Bible's strength, based on its own powerSul
testimony, its masnn~~blenessand the fact that it
answers questions that othriwlsc remain unanswered.
"It came at a time wl~en tllc c l ~ r g ywere becornin?
more o~~tspoken
in their efforts to discredft the Bible,'
comments Webster L. Roe, "and served to brace up
the sagging fai.tll of? many to the point of making a
sincere study of the Bible.''
W E OR DIE, WE BELONG TO JEHOVAH!'
Jehovah's witnesses are not peddlers of God's Word.
(2 Cor. 2:17) They sincerely advocate it and personally
believe It. That is why they are firm in their adherence
to God's Iaw o n blood. In fact, they have become
known the world around for their loyal compliance
with God's decree that blood should not be eaten or
talren into one's system to sustain the body's vital
forces. (Acts 15:2R, 29) Even when 1,ife seems imperiled, Christians repeatedly have sald, in essence,
lIvc or dfc, wc belong to Jehovah.'-Itom. 14:7, 8.
The sanctlty of bIood was highlighted in The Watch
Tower of December 15, 3927, A m o n g other things, its
article "One Reason f o r God's Vengeance" said: "God
told Noah that every living creature should be meat
unto him; hut that he musl not eat the blood, hecause
the life i s in the blood!' Years later, The Watchtower
(December 1, 1944) stated: "Not only as a descendant
of Noah, but now abo as one bound by God's law to
Israel . . the stranger was forbidden to eat or drink
blood, whether by transfusion or by the mouth. IGen.
9 : 4 ; Lev. 17:10~14)" In succeeding years, matters be
came even clearer.
The W a t c M o w ~
of~July 1,1945,clarified the Christian
position on blood. Among other things, it pointed out
that, though bIood transfusion dates back to the ancient
Egyptians, the earliest reported case was a futile attempt to save the life of Pope Innocent VIU in 1492,

an o eration that coat the fives of three youths. More


slgnixcantly, this issue of The Watchtower showed
that God's law on blood as given to Noah is binding
upon all mankind and that Christians are required
to abstain from blood. (Acts 15:28, 29) Summarizing,

The Watchtower said:


"Seeing, then, that the Most High and HaIy God
gave plain instructions as to the disposition of blood,
m harmony with his everIasffng covenant made with.
Noah and all his descendants; and seeing that the
only use of blood that he authorized in order to furnish
lift. to lrumankind was the use of it as a propitiation
or atonement f u r sin; and seeing that it was to be
done upon his holy altar or at his mercy seat, and not:
by taklng such blood directly into the human body;
therefore it behaovcs all worshipers of Jehovah who
seek eternal life in his new world of ri I~teousnes~
to respect the sanctity of blqod and to con?orm themselves ?
: God's righteous ruhngs concerning this vital
matter.
The Christian's stand on blood transfusions had
now bcen clearIy defined. Samuel Muscariello was
confronted with a test of his integrity on this matter.
Blosco MuscarielIo tells us: "Shortly after getting out
o f grtson [where he was confi~~cd
for his Christian
neutralityl, m y younger brother, Samuel, contracted
the kind of strep tl~rontthat rcsulls in uremic poisoning. Thc doctors prescribed an ogcralion-with hlood
tr'ansfusions, of course-giving; him two ears at the
most to live without the operation ang the blood.
Sam wallced out on them. This was fn the year 1947.
. . . Besides the Watchtower statement [one that they
had particularly noted], the words of Cvisiiingl Brother
Fullivan at the prison kept rlnglng in our ears
.
the laklng of blood i s wxong! In exactly two years, Sam
was taken back to the hos ital, dying. Under pressure,
1 went t o kis bedside an! said, 'Sam, they want to
give you blood! Half drugged, half conscious, he tded
to get out of bed [to avoid receiving blood, which
never was administered to him1 . . our family,
though saddened [+byhis dcathl, was strengthened by
Sam's clear thinking- and mtealrty
- to Jehovah even
until death."
In the early 1950's an issue develo~edover the rcfusal of ~ehbvah's witnesses to accgpt blood trans.
fusions. On April 18, 1951, the state went to court In
Chicago, Illinois, to take a child awa from its parents
so that doctors might give it a h o d transfusion.
Six-day-old Cheryl L,abrenz was said to have a rare
condirion in which hcr red blood cells were being
destroyed. According to the doctors, she would die if
she did not receive a blmd tsanafuaion. As Christian

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witnesses of Jehovah, her parents, Darrell and Rhoda


Labreenz, correctly viewed blood transfusion as a violation of God's law and thus opposed it. They were concerned abaut their baby's eternal welfare, for everlasting life is the prospect on1 of those adhering to
Cod's Iaws. But by corlrt order h o o d was administered
to Cheryl despite her parents' protesta.
The Labrenz case was but an early chapter in what
has become a lengthy narrative. F o r more than two
decades now Jehovah's witnesses have been in the
spotlight because they have shown res ect for God's
law on blood. Marie M. Greetham semernters well what
happened to her brother, Dan Morgan. A terminal
utzncer patient, i l ~ r e etimes he was discharged irorn a
veterans hospitnl in New York city bccause he staunchly refused to accept blood transfusions. When admitted
a fourlh lime, he still refused to acce t blood. Sister
Gredharn tells us: "This happened in &st
1951 and
Dan died in October 1951 at the a e of fifty-four. Dan
was so peaceful and happy. Just four days before ho
died, he explained to another sister how, very soon,
he would close his eyes, but he was happy because he
had been faithful and his reward was great, being
one of the 'little flock' of Christ's followers,"-Luke
12:32; Rev. 2:10,
But is death inevitable because a person rejects a
blood transfusion? Certainly not! Consider the case
of Gladys Bolton. She was told by her doctor that
she had an aneurysm in the main artery leading to her
spleen and that the spleen would have to be removed.
She agreed to the operation on the condition ihat no
blood transfusions would be administered to her.
Though surprised, the doctor listened to her ex lanaiion
and noted that she would not object to a 'b!ood substitute! I-Ie agreed to operate without using blood and
this was done on M a y 21, 1959. Before it was possibIe
to remove the spleen, however, the artery ruptured
and Sister Bolten lost over 70 percent of h ~ rblood.
Though doctors and nurses in Zhe operating room were
calling for blood, her doctor held to his promise. She
was unconscious for two wmks and in an oxygen tent
for three, suffering one complication after another,
but the doctor' was very attentive and gradually Sister
Bolton improved; She writes: "One day when we were
alone, he said: Mrs. Bolton, don't ever give up your
God Jehovah, From all medical history and records
should be dead right now. Nodone has ever l o ~ t
hat much blood and Ilvedl' I: repbed: 'Doctor Davls,
I have no intentions of giving up Jehovah, but Jehvah'a witnesses don't teach divine healing today.
WE appreciate good doctors and nurses, and all of
you have worked hard to keep me alive. However, be-

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cause we obeyed Jehovah's command concerning blood


all of us have been blessed! He seemed happy with
my reply and thanked me." Sister Bolton was dip
missed from the hospital on July 1, 1959.

yu

Through the years, Jehovah God has gradously


made bountiful provision for tliose who wish to adhere
to his law on blood. In this constant flow of spiritual
aid must be included the 64-page booklet Blood, Mcd4ciao alzd the Law of God published iy 1961. Have you
used it to discuss this wfal subject with your doctor?
PIt8MQTHG TRUE \VORS3IF
Jehovah's servants know that if they 'are to enjoy
divine favor the must engage in clean, undefiled worship. (Jas. 1:2'7) %hey need to be morally and spiritually
clean, (Isa. 52:U; I Cor. 6:9-11)Properly, such points
have been stressed b means of assembly talks, Watchtowor articles, and @
$
likeLespedallydurlng relatively
recent years as the world in general bas sunk deeper
and deeper into the marass of moral degradatron.
In 1951,advocates of true worship learned something
significant about the tern '%elfgion,"Some of them
could well recall 1938 when, at: times, they carried
the thought-pmvokin~;sign "ReliHon Is a Snare and
a Racket." From t h m slnndpolnt then, all "religion"
was unchdstian, from the Devil. Rut The WaCcTztoww
of March 15, 1951, approved of using the ~iijectives
"true" and "false" respecting rdipjon. Furthermore, the
absorbing book What Iias ReZigiow Done for Man%dl?
(published i n 1951 and released durlng the
"Clean Worsldp" Assembly at PYembley Stadium,
London, England) had this to say: "Taken according
t o the way it is used, 'religion' in its simplest definition
means a syslern of worship, a form of worship,
without regard to whether it is true or false worship. This agrees with the m@anhg of the Hebrew
word for it, 'aboh.dhh, which l~terallymeans 'service',
regardless of to whom it I s rendered." Thereafter,
the expressions "false religion" and "true religion"
became common ainong Jehovah's witnesses.
God's people were determined to practice .true re&ion and to remain morally and spiritually clean
for Jehovah's service. Particularly was t h u emphasized
in The Watchtowe?' of March 1, 1952, containing the
highly significant articles "Keeping the Organization
Clean," "Propriety of Disfellowshiping" and "Sin
Making Reinstatement Impossible." This journal showed
that it was proper to expel an unrepentant baptized
wrongdoer from the Christian congregation. I 1 Cor.
5:l-13) I f the sinner later repented, I t was pointed
out, reinstatement was possible,--2 Cor. 2:G-U.

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Thfs was not the first time h


'!e
Watchtower had
mentioned expulsion of unrepentant: sinners from the
congregation, From 1952 onward, however, the need
to maintain the spirlhal cIeanliness of the Christian
congregation was especially stressed. The passing of
years also brought increasing awareness that merciful
treatment of repentant ones was essential. (Jas. 2:J+i
Oflen, therefore, overseers have brought about spxr.
itual restoration of erring ones before matters have
deteriorated to the point that expulsfon from the
can regation was required.-Gal. 6:l.
~ L i s t i a n s do not associate with disfellowshiped
persons in a spirit of brotherhood. Nor do they tolerate
wickedness among therns~lves.But what i f disfellowshiped inclivlduals f ~ r s a k etheir wrong course? I-Iighly
pertinent to I h a t question are the arlicles "Divine
Mercy Points tl~cWay Rack for Erring Ones" and
"Mnintainlng n Ralanocd Viewpoint Toward Disfellows'liiped Ones," appearing in The Watchto?t?frof August
1, 1974, These show that such disfclIowsh~pedpersons
can be given real encouragement to get reestablislled
on the road to l i e .
Playing no small role in keepfng the organization
clean have been a number of as~emblytalks. Far
instance, E. E. Reusch especially mentions the 1964
assembly discourse "Keeping the Organization of PubIic
Servants Pure, Chaste," as delivered by F. W, Franz.
Says Brother Reusch: "He illustrated a
of easy virtue as being like a dirty towel n a pu llc
washroom, Frank, straight language on morals spelled
things out in plain talk. . . . what marvelous tirningwise counsel in preparation f o r the avalanche-lilre clecline of morals since then!"
The flow of sound Scriptural counsel has continued
unabated through lhe years. Spiritually speaking, the
publications have shown Jehovah's people the propcr
way In which to walk.

A further notable step in advancing the king do^ witness marked the 1957 "Life-giving Wisdom" Drstrict
Assemblies. WI-ites Made Gibbard: "At thIs time we
first heard the expression 'serve where the nccd i s
great' Families could, in effect, do missionary-like ser\*ice. This was a new concept in service that opened
doors of opportunity to individuaIs and families who
could not take advantage of Gilead 2chool training
and enter tlze formal missionary fleld.
Many Christians who have moved lo places ln the
United States or abroad where the need for Klngdom
pmachers was greater than in their former con
gations have been able to encourage and upbuild *elf%
believers, aid new ones to gain knowIcdge o f God's
truth or even share in the establishment of a congregniion.

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EXPANDING THE KINGDOM WITNESS


During the 1950's pronounced effortswere made to
expand the work of declaring the Kingdom message,
Tn fact, a very significant s h was taken in 1951,
Speaking at an assembly In Sashington, DOC., fn
October 1951 Brother Knorr disclosed that nearl 50
percent of the counties in the United States (!,469
out of 3,062) were completely unworked or were
receiving on1 a partial witness. But this \vould change.
Regular pubishers and pioneers would be assigned to
work in these territories durfng June, July and August
of 1952,This met with an enthusiastic response. Similar
work in isolated territories has been carried on lap to
our present time.

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LEARNING TO BE BETTER X)REACIIERS


OF T3LE: GOOD NEWS
"Everyone should be able to preach the good news
from house t o house," declared Brother Knorr, citlng
that as a primary objective among Christians, H e
made that remark on July 22, 1953, at the international
New World Society Asscmbly. Jehovah's wil nf-ssrzs had
honograph recordin~s anti tcsilmony cards to
thc gooti news in ycms past, Ilul that was not
ing done now. Yet i11erc W:IS a need for more
training. As hc spoke on the subject "Principal Work
of All Sewants, Brother Knol.1- announced a new
house-to-house training program. Circuit and district
servants (overseers) would have much to do with it,
but all appointed servants In the congregations would
render aid so that each Kingdom publisher might be.
come a regular door-to-door procIaimer of the good
news. While visiting a congregalion, the circuit ser-

vant would select expeflenced house-to-housepreachers


to work with new and Inexperienced ones in the train.
ing program. This far-reaching provision for qualifying
more Christian witnesses had its start on September 1,
1953, and soon was in full swing.
"The training program . . was a very fine thing,"
says James W. Filson. "Some who were timid were
helped to reach out. Some who felt that they could da
only one thing, such as magazine work, were helped
ta try t o have a part in other features*[of God's sep
vice]. In tryhg to help others, many mproved therr
own abilities."

BOU)I,T WWGLDING TRE "SWORD OF THE SPIItI!l!"


Christians must be qudified to wield "the sword
of the spirit, that Is, God's word." (Eph, 6:17) Ln tMs,

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the training program was of great aid. With the paasinp:
of time, vanous outlines for suggested three- to ~ f g h t *

rntnute house-t+house sermons and tcn. to flttcenminatc sermons for use on return vIsIfB wcre published
by the Watchtower Society in the monthly sor\,lrc
instruction bulletin I*:nformant and Its surcpssor I r ' l ~ f p
dom M i n i s f r y . Some NTitnesses later fount1 it easlclno r
more convenient to use short sermons hascd on o t ~ c
scripture, sucl~as Isaiah 2:4 or John 17:3.
To Walter R. Wissm+ the giving of Rlhle Blennons
In house-tohouse witnessing and on return vIsirs "was
n milrstone in our theocratfc regress." I n c r r a ~ i n ~ l y
the p~lhlicidentifled God's peo
wit11 the 13111lr. 11. D.
C ~ n t w ~ remarks:
ll
"It wasnf Ion[: unt ll t hrre wos
hcnrrl loss and IPSS 0f the nl(l chnri:c nt I h t ? rlrror thnt
J c l ~ o v n I ~ 'wjtnessea
s
wcrc 'book s:iIcsmcn.""
"What a grand improvement we havc made in our
house-lo-house service!" exclaims Myrtle Strain. "No
mow is there need of a card to hand Ihe peoplc to rend
or a need to play a record, or to go In nud spend
nn hour telling them the whole outline of God's l t r h
pose. Now we have dl learned how to ~ l Rv s h~ r t
sermon at the door, well prepared with ;i set theme,
h~clccdup by two or three po~ntedscriptures. W e cnn
use many sIlort sermons, all based on Importnnt, timely
scriptures. Moreover, w e are nnxlous to rllanwI lit! ho~rueholdor out in the conversation." Whel h ~ rnccrp t lng
tllr message or not, people tlius have been g i v m a
wttncss.
RXPUBINQ A FALSE Url[affP
While Jehovah's witnesses were h o m i n g more pra.
Hei~ntin udng Ihe Holy Scripturrs nt the drmrs of
thc people, thrg had lost none of the ficr Pnthustasm
f hat hnd characterired their aellvlt ies o r past years.
l'llus, cnrly in 1955. Jehovah's wlrncsscs fcarlcssly
rlrclawtl a message that exposed a false splrIt11a1I i ~ h t .
On Sunday, April 3. 1955, a bold praclumatlon o l

was delivered against Chrl~lendom, ~ n d ,


dmcnt
~
n fact, the entire system of false religion. This was
donc by the simuItaneous deliver 01 n public ncIdrcss
i,y Christian speakers in many &.nglmgd!r t l~roitgl~ot~f
tile earih. That powerful lecture entitlcd "Cl~rlstehrlorn
or Chrjslianity-Which One Is 'the Light of thc WorlB'?"
was heard by over a half million persons.
Jehovah's servants were eager t o Ict the people know
that Christendom is a false light. Irl time, the Watch
Tower Socjcty met the great d m a n d for this message
In booldet l o r n by publishing 22,000,OOD coplcs in
thirty languages. Eager to share in its distribution
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service for the flrst time d u r i n ~Aprll 1955. That month
an all-rime peak of 625,256 1Clnp;dom publishers was
reached throughout t h e wnrltl. In late July 1955, Jehovah's witnmscs mnlIed lel2ers and these f i m f u l
booklets te clergymen nnd cdilors.

'THE WORDw-WO 18 3 1 E P
The expM3ure of Chl'lstendnrn'~f n I ~ eHght c&ainly
was not to the Hking (if many clor~ymvn,but they
had not received thrir Inal 1311bSRAE(! rrnnl JP~~QVR~I's
witnesses. Not by any m ~ n n s !M a n y rlerirs welr dcnyling the divine Insplrnr Ion of tl~cI Joly Scrlplures. Oll~ers
claimed to advocatc the Rlbla, hut wcrc Icachlng Goddishonorill dod rines. TIic 'l'rln It y wnn nmmg thcse
false teaehngs. In this mgonl--whether they lilted
il: or n o t ~ c l e r f c got
s ii rnessnjir! from JC~OVEIII'S
Chris-

tlan witnesses late in 1862.


It came in the farm of a CEtlqxips booklet entitled
"'*TheWorc1'-Who Is 1 3 ~ 7Accordtna t o John'' In I t
the Trinity doctrine was cx osed as hctng false beyond
denial. The booklet war rc&dulerl lor spwlnl dlstdhltian during Novemhcr 1962. Not only dld Kingdom
procIaim~rsoflcr I t fn thclr horist?-to-hous~
work. They
mailed each Protestant nnd Cnthnlic cler yman a
copy, along with n covering lcttcr drreprre! by the
Watchtower Society. T;us n trrrnr:n ous witness was
given, identifying the Word" or J o l ~ n1:l aR helng,
not God, hut thp Son of God, Jesus Christ, in his prehuman existence,

MSEMsZfER ON THE Mom


Contributing measurabl t o the rfevelopment of
needed Christian rournge &r the preaching work have
bwn the regular asscrnblles Of God's people. Some of
them have k e n unusual In a parlicular. rpspect. They
have been assemblies on the mow, w1tI1 somc delegates
IraveJing from place to place, even around thc world.
What a uniCying effcct such gatherings have had!
Christians in one lantl may read of the experiences
and activities of their fellow brliwers in o t h ~ rcoun.
tries. Eut to maet them nn8 sti:lre tfielr companyeven when langungc! bnrrirrs cxlst--is trllly a rewarding experithnc+c.
TIiou~11thcy mny he m~nblfi to
communicale in iha snmr! tonl:utb, whrn God's people
of different natiat~al r a ~ ~ drnolnl hnclqrounds meet
together they do speak nne i n n g u ~ ~ :thr
~ , "pure language" of truth thnt Gotl ha8 j:~*nciously glvcn to all
those on earth who Iovr! him.-Xcph. 3:9.
Noteworthy among conventlonr; on the move was
the 'mumphant Kingdom" Asscmbly of Jel~ovah'rr
Witnesses during 1955. In but Zen wmks thlrteen as.

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sembUes were held in the United Stntrs and abroad.


and many delegates journeyed to the varlous gather-

I n ~ s .One pubI~cation said tirat this W A S '"prbabl


tllc biggest mass rnarerncnt of An~ericr~nstllraugk'
Ja:uropr. s i ~ l c ethe Allied invasion (Iurlng Wurld War 11."
't't~r! IVntsh Tower Society had cbl~:trtercrlfurtptwo
plmir!s ;~ndIwu steamships (tlic Alhrssa XCuIrn and the
Armn Sln~.). These ships actually wrrt? Ilontlng convcnl ion linlls because spirilually upbulltllng xoarnms
wcrc arranged an them daily Sor Ihc hcnctt of the
PRSS(?DgC:CI'S.

One of Lhe Euro n assembly locations was the


7rppellnwiese in x e m b e r g , w h@rc 107,423 persons
g:athrrctl. " W e in Amerira wrtr ovc.~rJoycd," says
c.. dnrnrH W(~odworth,"to lrnrn i l ~ n In
t t l ~ tvv
place
I llnr. l liTcr I ~ n dscreamed 'nnnthi l i l t tonm Tor d%vahPs
1vI1 II(-s!:(*H, fhi~sc Christlnn ~>cuplr!Irttcl tllr! lnl-gest o t
11 l l 1Z1lail~ 'Tri~~mphitnt
Kingrtorn' Asseml,llcr;! Wllerr
wns I li(lcr?"
AI~OUN~MTIEEWORLD
CONVENTION

For Jehovah's people, something ver stgnlfIcan1


began in Milwauhec, L3Gsconsin, on ,Tun,:
nltd cndcd
on Sc temkr 8, 1963, in Pasadena, Ualifo~nla. This
was
"Everiasting Good Ncws" Asrcrnllly of Jeliovrth's Wltncsses-actually un arwund-tlic-world conven-

tfr

tion h ~ l din over twenty-four c i l l ~ s In


. a l l 583 delegates
toolc n whidwind tour around the g l ~ h d . ~ f i various
~r!
trnvelcra, tnlting slightIy diffel-cnt roulea, nssemblcd
wltlt th~ulngs a fcllow believers in such dtjes as
J,ondo~i, Stuckholm. Munich, J~ruaaleni, New Delhi,
l i n ~ ~ g o n nIfi~nglcok,
,
Sjngapr~~~
h.lrlbournc,
c,
I long ICong,
Illirnilr~, Sroul a n d Honolul~r.
Slrrny ttc~lc~ates
to the London assembly visited the
R ~ ~ l t l sM
Z i~l x r u n ~ .There, among other things, they saw
t tic N:~hnnlrlusChronicle, which helps to dnte J3ahy10n9s
fnll 111 5013 I3.C.E. Intcrcsting, ton, wna n clay liver,
u s 4 Cor 11Ivination in Bal~ylunlnnrellglon.-.Compare
I ~ z e k i ~22:21.
t
Conventloners who journeyed t o Rible lands vlsited
many sltcs of Biblical significance. When they saw the
fnrned crdars of Lebanon, the plains of Monb or the
Ynlley of Z-linnom, their apprerintinn of ~ o d $Word
wns enhanced.
FVhen traveling mnventtoncrs re~chedthe Far East,
they saw there, as elsewhere, cflects o f Bawlon's
rcliglous InHucnce. At Wat Po In nnn kok, delegates
srkw n phallic symbol, bcf01.c which t n r r e n women
~r'ayetlIn hopes of having childmn. Mur.:tI~ srwn in
)lurldhlst Wilt Sakhet, aIsa h t h a t city. ci~,lcirrl both
NIrvnna nnd a he11 of torment. The slrn~larifIca between
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here made the mrnmon origin of the two religious


ideas unrniatakable.
Observing such 'features of false worshF gave added
m~anlngto the stirrfng assembly t nllc ll%xccation of
Divinc Jtitlpcnt upon EaIse Reli ion," Durlng that
dlsroursr! Ilstmcrs were taken bacE I o nndcnt Bnbrl
(!lnhylon). Whcn Gocl canPused tlrc lnngungc! of thnE
a t y ' s tower I)uilrlers, they moved to Other lnlltis, carry.
Ing t11rir untsl~nnreligion wlth lhcm. It tnmc t e he
pracE3ced In various languages, and thus a world emplrc of false reli ion came into exlstmcc. nrttause of
11s orff:in in 13abykn, the Biblp hooli *I Rcrelnt inn terms
i t "Bnhylon the Great" (Rev. 18:2j It was 3n conncction
wlth t l ~ n tmoving discourse that
tl~lcjiates
r~crivrvlt l new
~ ~ 704pagc English
ab?~lr>?~
I~IC
I:rrpnt I l m PttE7cn!" God's Kiv!jdorn Rfclr.ul Ac t u ~ l l y
two volumes in one Its first srctlon cunsltlcrs nnciunt
B ~ h y l o n ~relatbnsfiip
s
with Yehavah'~ peu le; Part
7'wo includes a verse-byverse a~~alysis
of lfevdation

%%?b#

r611nptrss 14.22.

V1.9F7nL AIDS l E T 2 TO MAKE DIRPIOIPYXS


tthc months foIIowing the aafiemthy, n 4l1ought~rovokln motion picture was rornplrt rrl tly the Societ
POWP~IU!!
"ln~plrlng!'' " R ~ v c i ~ l l n"g ! shocki in^.
Tl~esr!wtbt*c!
typl<b:~I
t-cnctiona to thls iwo-l~our-lent! cr~los
motion plclurc "I~ruclaimlng'Evrrln!:rln~(:oocl Ncws'
Arountl the World." This ff 1~11 I('il(~~t'llS
1 IIC ~Iolje.
cnci~~cllng
1963 "Everlasting Good Ncws" Asscn?hlies,
wlrcre a totnl of 580,5q? atllcrcd lu henr ihr! ant..
s l n ~ ~ d l n lpublic
:
lecture &en
God 1s KInl: ovrr All
t h c Earth." Rut this movie is no mere trnr~elogue, It
shclws clearly thnt a city new In ruins affects t h e lives
of mlllIons today. Rmrn that city-anclvnt 33ahylantiavr sprung symbols and ceremonlcs t h t tuivc per.
n~cnledUlc wny of life of nearly nll enrth's inllnl>Itarlts.
Unrlerscnt.ed is the urgency of abandoning I3nbylo11
Ihc Grr:11. Depicted are the warmth nnrl love nf [rue
Christians, RS dispIayed at their assemhlica around the
world. Vjcwers can see that there la a n organization
wlth which one should assodate upon etting out of
IIRIIYIOII
tile Crest. Accordingly, lovers aFrjgllteourness
are utngerl to abandon the worlrl rk~npirco f false re.
I l ~ i o n and associate with worshfpcrs of dc tlovah.
RcV. lR:4, 5.

In

t,;'

B 1963 the Watch Tower Soclety had been using


mogiern-day motion pictures for a decndc as visual
alds In making disciples. Why, followlng the 1953 in.
ternaf-lonal assembly the Sockty released the engrossing movie 'The New World Soc4cty In Action!'
It was 111e flrst motion picture produced by the Society

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shce the t'Photu-Drama~nearly forty yearn em1ter.


Thls hour-and-ttoenty-mlnute
ffIm proved to be a mighty
Instrument in acquainting viewers with the ma~niltlde
of God's earthly argani7ation, Elie trernenrtous r~mounr
of work turned out. by the Bethel family, Zllu nciivity
af Jehovah's witnesses in general, thclr lnrgc conv~ntfons and the smooth and ~lficlcnlway In wl~Icll
the New World society was functioning. I T . A. Cantwell
states: "This was a wonclerful m m n s of helping
newly interested persons to sce just how larjic ;mtl
oxtei-kvive the organization is."
"Tla piness of the New World Socletf' and "Divlnta
Will ntcrnational Assembly of Yehovnh% Witncssca"
wcrc? nlotion pictures releasrd hg the Soclety following
t'tic, Inrgc! conventions of 1955 and 1953. ;lr!t~oval~'sscr.
v;~nts 11lso user1 the medium o f mollon plcturea to
ct~llnter the "God is dead" philosol>lty. TH 19Gf; the
W.?t c-h Tower Sociev produced the nhorl3in~:color
mwlc. "God Cannot he.'" This faith+t>~i!fdInp
Blnl provcrl
Illat God is afive and that he is working out his pur>oscs far earlh and man. Colorful motion piclurcs,
nt~rspersed with striking color Illustrntlons, llclp~rl
audiences to visuafize principal Bible cvrnts and lo
&r:hsp thee significance for our (la "'I: ~ n J o y c dt h e
rno\m." rnld one person, "particular& bscimse it used
hlstorkal events that were in f~il~illrncntof Bible
prophecies as proof that 'God Cannot LIe.' For exam )Ir,
I he varlous rums shown exist for Pvrryonc to see l\mC
<:or1 dld not lie. Seeing them mark me more nsaut'crl
that God will n$ lie concernicg what XEe hns snld wlll
otwcurnow and m the future.
The motion picture "Heritage," also produced by the
Wnlch Tower Society in 1966, dealt with the vnrlous
t~mptntlonsfaced by young persons tatlay. However,
Angclo C. Manera, Jr, remarks that I t showctl "'rvhnt
thr youth o f the New World socicty wcrc cloing ~ n d
how ~ I I P Y were Overcoming these tcln intions nnd Fol*
l ~ w i n ~~ ~ l r i s t i acourse
n
of
GniRue in 01o1 it
had a sound track, unlike o t h ~ recent
r
rnovlcs protlucctF
by 1Re Society, it was s h o l m by mnily television
~Iatlons. So, thousands viewed it In their I~nnics,
"ITcritage" also was presented at clrcdl asssmhllcs and
olllcr publtt: gathenngs.
Durln recent years, circuit overfleers have
aenlcd sfidc programs at public rneetln~swhlle visiK6
con~regatlonsof God's people. The flrst of these began
to he s tlown in September 1970. Entitled "Vlstting t h e
World Headquarters of JehovoWs Witnesses," it was
designed to acquaint persons with God's organization
111 a way that would motivate them to tnlce proper
actinn. Another of these sIide presctltntions- -"A Close
Look at the Churchesw-helper7 audlrnw~ to ~ ~ 1 1 i m

that the cEturches of Chriatettdom are no place for


those who love truth and rifihteouaness. Not only wouId
it make them wnnt to dlsnssoclafe themselves from
the world empire of false r c l i ~ l o n ;Hltcl it wuuld nEsa
motivate such individunls to share in nrding otI~ersto
flee from Dahylon the Great. These Rre but examples
of slide programs prcsrntrd by clrcult overseers as
visual aids tow;lrd imp:lrl lng Scrlpi tirnt instsnction.
SOMETKlNC) NEW AND TmtltLlNG!

"Listen to Daniel's Worda for our Da " Da you


remember that portlon oT tho 19Cti " ~ o $ a Sons of
Liberty" District fiaaembliurr? As I I C I ~ ~ B Z O S Ilstened to
it, a startlrng thlng occurred. Dllfcrcnt. volces cam@
over the loudspenltur, rcprcsentln~:Dnnlel, the three
faithful- Hebrews-rven IIPRPIS. T ~ P Twag
C the sound
of muuc, and the three A 1 ~ h r e w swere lven a final
opportunity to bow to thr Imago of go rl set up by
Nebuchadnezzar on the Plnin oC I)uru. Fitbmly,however,
they r n d n t a I n d their tntcgrll y , reluscd to how, and
experirnced dchovoh's drlivc~nnc~.-Dnnn chnp. 3.
Here was a new nnd dlffcrmt way 10 Impnrt Bible
instruction. Asscmhly nu(l\rnrrs irll RR thnu~F1they
had been transport od lo nntblc>ntIlnhyloti. ' l ' l ~ qreceived n dmllnr C l i i h I I I f ronl tltr p~'t.at!nlniionc!nlItlcd
"See Jerernlnl~k l~:llrliirnllrbi~,
Nrctlt>tl ln (Sut* Dny." Indecil 1 1 1 I~I C I I ~ C I ~ I C H11111 "H~V'" tlith ~ ~ I I I ~ U ~ I IOIFI F,r.~r~?rniaIl,
P
A d b l e draxr~;~,
wllll n ~ ~ l oI lr k' ~coslunrc drptr:lIrlg Ihe
Hfe and tirnes or that I1ebr.w 1)ropllet o f ancient:
Jerusalem, look place hrlol-e i h ~ l r very eyes, The
dramatic impact wns heightened hy sound erects. All
in attendance became much more ~~WELI'C
nf JcremIal~~s
ordeal and of his faithf uIr~ess-st;~ncIIn~:nlon~with fi
howling moh demanding Ills life. I-low this emphasized
$he trust that worsl~il,crs of J e h o v ~ h must place in
their God! And how t h y were imprt?ssctl with the
need to endure In God's service, r\'cn In Ihe face of

death!
The year 1966, then was the be mnin of aornethlng
la new way to teach at assemb tea o!I Gad's people.
Through t h e yearfi since 1966 Blhlc dRima~have been
a regular leature of large assemblln~hcld by Jehovah's
people. Often tl~ese dl-amntlznl Ions I1 nve hecn presented earlic~at graduntious of tht! Watchtower Bible
School of Gllead, the stuclontu portrriylng persons o f
ancient and modern tlmcu.
Cansidering the blesslr~gsnnd beneflta of these dramatizations, James W. Fllson rernnrlts: "1 feel that the
Bible dramas have bcrn an excellent d d In br~ngtng
home to us the lessons nnd cor~nsel of the Bible's
record." In fact, some have h e n nloved by assembly

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dramas to confess wrongdoing and seek crplrltual


s1stance.-Prov. 28:13; Jas. 5:23.20.

88-

BDVOGlWES OF GOWS KXNGDOM


mm NO OTRER a O m m E N T
Jehovah's Christian witnesses give their alleeghnccl
t o God's kingdom. Repeatedly througI1 tlle years they
have demonstrated this. For instance, go baulc ~ l m o s l
i t quarter of a century to TU~sda A ~ i ~ u s1 t 1950-"Theocratic Devotion Da at the $;eocrncylfl incl-case
A ~ s ~ r n b of
l y Jehovah's d k c s s r a . In hls rllfieoursc "Tllc
Increase of His Government," Itrother Knorr prc.
scnlcrd a mountain of eviclencc exposing its rntli.cly
Irilsr tho charge made by rcliglnus n t1vcrs;irlcs Ihnl:
Jr~hovrih's witnesses support Clornrnwllstn. NoE only
had vnrlous parts of the United Slntrs ~:over~lment
rr!fusml to pTr?ct: the 'lVitnesses on thc list (lf sut~vcrslvcs
nnrI Communist fellow travders, But the IYatuh Towrr
St~ctety's 0w-t published record S~HCP 1379 defilllt~ly
pl'ovcd that Jehotaab'sservants am agninsl Cnmmunism.
131ainly, Brother Knorr sliowerl thn t t rur Christlnnil y
( 1 0 ~ s not pave tlie way for the rise and growth of
nt heist ic Communism, but hypocrilical Cllristinnil y
dors! It was after that message iRnt the Socidy's
pl-csldent proposed a declaratio~~
and rcsolutlon r~gnlnsl:
Co~nmunism,which was cnthusindicnlly otidorscil l ~ y
1 1 7 ~ convention audience of 84,Y50.

1956 through February 1957. From each nsscmhly such


n petfllon was directed to Niholal A, nrilganin, thcn
rrmfer of the U.S.S.R. The petition dcschrihcd I I I P
~ n r s h treatment experienced by Jchavnh's wilnessrs
i n Russia and =beria. It asked that imyrisonrr! W i t
nr?ssrs he freed and authorized t o org:irlIzc, rtnd It
r ~ q u r s t e dthat they be permitted lo estnl)lkh regldnr
rclnljons with thejr governing body and bra nllowccl
to publish and import Bible Ilteratvrc. The ~ t l l l o ~ ~
drew attention to the Kingdom-preachlnc woryc clone
hy Jehovah's witnesses, while disclnfmin~Any pull1 ice1
Interests or affiliations on thcir pnrl Furtherniol-e,
1118 petition proposed a discussion between rc lrcsen.
Inlives of the Watch Tower Bible and Tract hocic!ly
nnd those of thc Russian govcrnmcnt. J1 sug~cslctl
that n rlelegation of Witnesses be ermittet! to r'oc~etl
to Moscow for this purpose, as wea as lo visit Yhr V;II-.
ia11.s crimps where witnesses of Sehovrih wcrc tntrnlrd.
On March I, 1957, a combined petltlon was s3gncd
and sent to the Russian government by ll?e Wntcll
Tower Society's seven directors. The Communists never

replied or made any achnowledplment of its receipt.


Nonetheless, Russian witnesses of Jchovnh have continued to s ak God's Word boldly its advocates of
God's kingg
and no other govcrnrncnl.
Not only have Jehovnli's witnesses been staunch
advocates of God's k i n ~ d o m ; t h ~ y]lave nlso drawn
attention to the inilurc of Chrlstcntlom'~clergy In this
regard. So it was that n very significant resolution
was adopted by, GocIk pcople on Friday, August 1,
1958, at the D~vlncWill JnternaZ lonnl Assembly. Convention delegates linrl been ur ed to Ile ],rt?sent f o r the
afternoon session, nrld 194 4 f i werc nn hnnrl. They
listened attentively $13 F. d,
I'ranz, the Wrttch Tawer
Society's vice-prcsldr!nl, q w k e on Illc suhlect "Wh
This Convention Should Jtt*solve."Rrothcr Knorr foK
lowed him on the program, forcefulSy ~rg~qentinga
resolution that exposed Chrlstmdorn'~efPrpy a= the
most reprehensible class on eart 11 torlny. The tlocumcnt
also reaffirmpd the I I~ctlcratIcprlnrlples of Jehovah's
people, unasharncdly pmclnimctt God's kingdom by
Christ as t l ~ csoIr means of snlvntlon onrl strongly
set forth thr: dr!c~~minnr
ion of Jchnvnh's witnrsses tn
pyeaeach abollt t 111s kL~~~:rlorn
in lrlvr,
:~nrlunfty,
without iclup. 1111111 .Idbll(~vn
h l,lla,:r l!(AnKitncsr w o lr~
to a Annlr! fib At.~nnl:rvl(lr~ti.
Ih'ol livr lCllotarmnde tho
motion t h n l 1111. rr.rrrl~lll{~l~
I>(, ii(l~)ptrarla s 1-rmd, the
motion W ~ I Y 6 ~ ~ ' O l l l ~ :1!1<1
~ ' [ ~ n!i
,
h~ 11111 1 I ~ I ! q11~'iit
inn to
Zhc vast audlcncr!, 11u~i! wna r l !i~~tr~tltzlous
ronr c)C
Aye! in approval,
In lime, 72,3=18,403tracts containin this resolution
were printed for worldwide d l s t r l b l t n in Rity-three
languages, most of thls work being done in December
1958. Extensive circulation of this Information also
resulted wben the rcxolut tan nnrl its introducto~ytalk
were wublish~din Tha W a t c h t o ~ w rnP November 1,1958.
;i
such distribution e f f c c t i v ~ ?Xntlred f t was. F o r
examplc, Pcter D'Mura writes: "In the spring of 1959
I met a young man wllo was moved by the resolution
to learn the truth, brcomc dcdicatcd and later take
u pioneering." And ld. James Woodworth comments:
"lome wha now are actively ,TehovahPsdcdiealcd, bap.
tized witnesses right hcrc In the conEregations of
Cleveland, Ohlo, began thclr march out o f L3abylon
the Great by reading this rcaolution and Accepting the
opportunity to sttidy I l ~ eUih1e.I'---Itev. 'L&: 4.
Jehovah's servnlits harl. an excellent opportunfty
t o show that they were ndvocntee of God's kingdom and
no other governmetit in tfir car 1963, durlng the
around-theworld " I < v d n s t l n g 8ootl News" Assembly.
They enthusiastfcally nrloptc!d n resalutlon whcrehy
they proclaimed Ihclr rrcugnltlon of Jehovah as the
Eternal Sovereign of the nnlverse and their rtfusa1

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w itdoIatrous worship to the polltical image, the

Uni ed Nations, as had the nations, which are being


led by invisible wicked s irits to Armngeddun, (Rev,
13:11-18; 1F:14. 16)
with t h ~Ilclp of Ilte
nngels lrndcr Christ and Gad" holy spirit and Wortl,
Jr~hovah's witnesses were determined la con1 3nue declnl-ing to all peoples the "ever!astiny: good rims"
c~)nccrn!ngGod's Messianic kingdom and his jutfgnlcnl 8 ,
IRcv, 14:6) After its adoption hy 454,971 persons at
t h e "Everlasting Good News" Assembly around the
world, this resolution was ado ietl at n:~tiol.lnl Qssernbliea. Also, it was published
Tho Watc/,l,,rrr of
November 15, 1963, in sixty-six lnnj~uaces,glvitig it
worldwide circulation.
Wlth i t s 31lhotluclory taIk "Why We Should All Y o h
in n IEesolution," tMs ~ ~ e e documcnt
~ f n ~ took: within
its scupc all seven plagGes "of Rev~lntton chapter
sixteen. It, therefore. ~ncludedthe judgmcnl rnessrigcs
f r s t cleclared in seven successive resolutions ~ n r lrelated material presented at conventions n l God's people
from 3022 through 1928. Hence, ihy this onc coinprrhcnsivc resolution, hundreds of thou~nnds who had
taken no part in adopting those efirtlcr rcsalutlons
public1y dcclared themselves as favoring nnd sup.
porting thc outpouring of the plagues from J(bl~ovrth
1 biI1 were prophetically set out in Rrvclnlion r.hnptcr
slxteen. Once again, Jehovah's servnnts hat1 also rnntlc
II. very cle=?r that they were advocnlcfi of God's k l n ~
clom and no other government or any polltlcnl nrrnng~!.

atp per,

rnent.
At the 1969 "Peacepn Earth" Assemblies the soundlng
of t h e seven rrymbohc trumpets refcrr~clto in RevclatIon thapters 8-ll came under consFcbcat1on In tlic
tliscourse "Final Woes to Enemies of Fracr with God."

That talk was followed by a po~veriul sleclarntion,


iorcefully showing that
ace m t h the Crrntor would

came only by means o&is nlpssianic kinndom. By


;adopting the Declaration, Jehovah's jcople nrainlaincd
Ihirt God's judgmenls are against dl~rfstcndwn. Tliry
proclaimed their cornpl~te neulraIily mgai.dIng nll
pnlitlcnl conlroversy and madc it :~bundnnll y cleur
illnl llie trust entirely in Gotl's kingdom nnd thnl
lhry wil? not let up in preaching ahout i t to all 1l1e
nnlions until the end comes.

Sehovahk Christian witnesses a ain ahawed that

thty were advocates of God's kin !


om and no othcr
lfvernrncnt during their "Divine ~ k e l o r y "Jnfernntlo~inl
ssernbly, held in various places thrtlu hout the cnrth
Iron1 late June 1973 to January 1874. Asus' lnlrlaulnc
parnblc of the minas was spotlighted in ont! o f tlit!
asscmbl discourses-"'Gaining WeaIth for Earth's h'ew
X l n ~ . "(Luke 19:11-27) Follouin~thi. tolb, the speaker

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presented a DecZaratfon and Resolution, thereafter


adopted by assembly dclcgatcs wlth a resounding Aye!
Among other things, i t pointed out that the 2,52@yearlong Gentile Times Mgan with the desolation o t carthly
Jerusalem in 607 R.6.E. nntl came l o tI~cfrcomplete
fulfillment upon "l~envenly JerusnIem," where Jesus
Christ was instBllcc1 nu hlessianiu king In 1914 G.E.
(Heb. 12:22) It was noted tlrat the world of mankind
nezds further warning of the impending rent tribulation." (Matt, 24:21) Jehovah's Chris1 lan witnesses
resolved to continue putting In1l.h In Ibo Divine Vlctory,
sounding that warning and roclnl t n I n ~ God's Messianic kmgdom, the cnro.illl &r rllrlrcsscd laimanlty.
It is, therefore, an estahllshed incl lhnt Jehovah's
servants are advocates or Gorl'n kingdom and of no
other government. It Is thr gontl wms of that kingdom
that they preach world whle. Rcpraterlly, they have
demonstrated their allcglancc to God's bfcssianic kingdom and this they contlnuc t o do tl~roughoutthe earth.
SPIItITUAL FQOD AT 'BTlE nIQFFS
How have Jehovah's Chrlsllnn wlinr~sesh n able
to maintain thcir strong poslllmn ne nrlvrrnttrs of God's
kingdom? How have I licy ~'lmr~fncrl
"Ill-rn In Ilir faitli"
when others were luslny: f ~t hl? (3. Coy. :ti;: 1 :I) 'rhls has
been possible hcc:!ustx Jr41rjvnIl (:or1 1:r'n4-lously has
provided spiritual l ood nl i ti(. Iropor tht~c?I h m u ~ h(he
+'faithful and discrcct slavr" c1nss.-~nl t. 24:45-47,
Consider the 1960'a as an exam Ie. Winds of religious and social chnnge then were ixowhg Lh~oughout
t h e United States. T t wan becornlng increasingly common for many of Christtndum's clrsgy to view portions
of t h e Bible as mythologlcnl. Also, to t l ~ e mits moral
some werr! saying
code was out of dnk. Ia7~~r.themarc,
"'God is dead."'
As the 1960's won? on soda1 psycholo Ical, political
and economic factors jostered racial bjsarder, even
violence, in the United States. For instanre, what was
t e m e a the "long, hot summcr" of 1064 wltncsscd the
murder of three civil-rights worker&Sn Mississippi, as
well as unrest throughout the South, Northern cities
were affected too. Somr wcre rorltetl by riots. In
the Los Angeles riols ~ ~ l ~ n OP
r ? ,August I X J f i , 1965,
battles, looting and I,urnlng by mobs resulted in the
death of thiripffve persona and cln~ungcestimated at
$200,000,000.
Amid such*winds of religious and socia1 turbulence,
Jehovah's ~mtnessesEn t h ~Unlted States and other
lands kept trustmp: in Jrhovnh nnd adhering to his
Word. He, in tun>,saw that thcy were properly dfrected.
Tor examplr, d n r i n ~
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Assemblies of 1962, they benefited greatly from talks


"'Be in Subjection-to Whom'?" "Subjection to
guperior Authoritiesi-Why ?" and related topics. Later
tkat year such vita1 information w a s published in 9%
Watchtower. (See the issues of November 1 through
December 1.1
It, was made clear that the "superior authorities"
or %higher powers" mentioned in Romans chapter
thirteen are secular governmental authorities, permtted
by Jehovah to hold their positions of responsibility at
tlds Gme. All of God's servants today were urged to
be in relative subjection to the governmental superior
authorities and not to flout the laws of earthly guvern.
ments lhat do not conflict wilh God's law.--Rom.

X3:1-7; Ads 5:29.


"How wisely Jehovah dLrected us in relationship to
tbe political rulers of ihe world!" exclaims L.E.Reusch,
adding: "1-Iow could we possibly have known that I964
would see t h e civil-rights issue ferment and boil over
into riots in the streets and civil disobedience, violent
and passive?
We might have found ourselves stuck
wit11 the same reasoning tkat the clergy have who
have involved themseIves in marches, protests and
social issues of the day. Just right en time, in 1962,
at the summer assemblies w e were fed 'food at the
proper time.' [Matt. 24:455
Clearly rellative sub-

...

...

jection was spelled out and has safeguarded our posiiion before Jehovah and the political authorities he
perrmts to exist until Christ Jesus' Kingdom rule
removes them."
Yes, indeed, Jehovah God has supplied s fritud food
in abundance. Why, just look at a s h e 8 containing
books that have been published b the Watch Tower
Socicty in relatively recent ears.T ??lcre is the 1958
publication "Yolm Will Be g o n e on Earth," dealing
with the book of Daniel. A verse-by-verse consideration
of the entire book of Revelation appears in the boolrs
"Then Is Finwhed the Nystery of God" and " B a b ~ ~ l o ? ~
the Great Ha? FdEela!" God's Kilzgdom Rules! I6The
Nutiofis Shall Krmw that I A m Jehoval~j'-Now? published in 1911, considers the prophecy of Ezekiel. And
the fulfillment of restoration prophecies of Haggai
and Zechariah is viewed from the twentieth-century
vantage point in Paradise Restored to ManJci~&-by
Theocrawj!

Rich spirituaI provisions have been made for old


and younE alike. Eack in 1958,the book From. Pmadks
Lost t o Paradise Regained was published in simple
language and. profusely illustrated. In 1971. the 192page book Lzstelztng to the Great Teacher further
contributed to avoiding a 'generation gap'! Here is a
publication designed for parents to read with their

And the book's simple language! and flne


iIIustrations make youngsters feel it is 'for them.'
children,

EMPHASIS ON IPXSCIPLE-M&KtNG
Some of the Chsistlan publications available to Jehovah's people are especially designed to help them
t o carry out their commission to preach the good news
and make disciples. (Matt. 24;14;28:19, 20) "Let God
Bo True" was such a book, originally published jn 1946.
It was an aid dealing with basic BibIe doctrines. Then
in 1950 the book "This Means Everk~stiwg Life' provided information on dcepcr Bible subjecis and Christian living. Consider also the 416-page book "Things
i.n W ~ L + ICt IIs
~ Impussible for God t u Lie," published in
1965. As a basic Bible study aid, it has proved to be a
helpful instrument in the hands of Kingdom proclaimers.
Jehovah's servants are constantly bdng provided
wiLh thtngs they need for their preaching and disciplematring work. Thinking back, to the I967 district assemblies, C. %V*Barber mentions something he terms
an "innovatlon." I-Ie rernarlcs: "Jehovah's organization
is always providing new thrllls and joys, This timu
it was a new kind of campaign hoolc, a small clothbound bodr entltlcd 'Did Man Get Here by &:volution
or by Creation?' . . . i h l a one was to be presented
for twenty-five cents, Right from its introduction, it
w a s apparent that it would have tremendous appeal
to all thinking people."
MiMons of copies were placed by Kingdom ,proclaimers in t h e field service. During May 1968 specla1 efforts
were made to get it in;to thc hands of educators, with
excellent results. Mane Gibbard slates: "A schoolteacher in White Plains, New York, is a baptized
Witness today because a twelve-year-old student placed
a copy with him and the interest was followed up."

BCiBO3'JY3ING TO INFLUENCE !lXE WOBK AMCAD!

Another noteworthy innovation came in 1968. W h e n

T%B Watchtower announced the "Good News for Ml


Nations" District Assemblies, it stated: "On Friday
something is planned that will nol only delight you
but also no doubt surprise you, for il: will have considerabIc xnfluence on the work t h a t we will be doing
during t h e years t o come,"
Jehovah's servants were curious. What could this
new development be? The answer came after the
powerful keynote speech "The 'Good News' of a World
Witl~outFalse Rehgion." At its conclusion a new 192page, pocket-size Bible study aid was released. TIltg
book, T31e T ~ i c t hThat Leads t o Etwnal Life, was red

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ceived with great delight. ' m o Is God?" "Where Are


the Dead?" "Why Has God Permitted Wickedness Until
Our Day?" 'The Last Days of This
icked System of
Things," "Bulldlng a Happy Family If@," "Truc Worship-a Way of Life"-these were some of the book's
absorbing chapters. The new publication would involve
the student at every turn.
But there was something more to the surprise that
was in store for assembly delegates, The new Twth
book was to be used in a six-month Bible study pro.
gram. Because of the wa this publication involved the
student, generally by tge time he completed it he

home Bible studies cmentIy being held by Jehovah's


witnesses in the homes of the pcople worId wide are
based on the excellent Scriptural material found In
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would take some action, either for or against the truth.


No longer would one of Jehovah's witnesses conduct
Bible studies with an individuaI year after year Wthnut the sturlcnt's making definite spiritual progress,
act lng upon the lrnowledge gaiiwd.

A WELL-TIMED PROVISION
From 1960 to 1965 the annual baptism figure had
been in the 60,000bracket. In 1966, however, the number
of those immersed was down t o 58,904, Under the
circumstances one might well have aslr@d,Is the work
slowing down? Time proved that it was not.
During the 1967 service year 74,981 persons were
baptized, This was an upswing and it gave renewed
reason for optimism. Then came 1968, along with the
Truth, book and the six-month Bible stud program.
"In the minds of many," remarks Edgar ! C Kennedy,
"it was closely linked with the announcement two
years before of the 6,OOQ ears [of man's existence on
earth] ending In 1975."
W. Barber similarly cites
"the shortness and urgency of the times," terming
J9M as a "turning oint," and states: "Everywhere the
brothers aroused tgemselves and went at this 'easier'
method of spreading the good news, with vigor. The
number of publishers started to climb again all over
the earth. The listeners began to become doers of the
worlr. . . . Truly Jehovah directed the brlnging forth
of ihis small but powerful disdple-making instrument!'
The book T ~ TEm t h That Leads t o Btsrnd Life has
bad am astounding circuIation. Did you know that it
is now being published in ninety-one languages? Furthermore, in the six years since it was first released,
74,000,000 copies of it have come off the press. This
Bible study aid has helped hundreds of thousands of
persons t o gdn accurate knowledge of the Scrlplures
and to get "a tight grip on the word of life." [Phil.
2:16) While the X m k book is not the only one used
by Jehov&hls witnesses when studying the Bible with
the people, doubtless the majority of the 1,351,404

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A B'L00D TIDE OF UTERATTIRE

An-Nomcmci JEHOVAB'S Hmanonx


Today the good news of God's Messianic kingdom is
being preached throughout the earth. And playing no
small part in that work i s a virtual flood tide af literature announcing Jehovah's kingdom. Take The Watchtower as an example, Once known as Zion's Watch
Tower,its original editlon (that of duly 1879) consisted
of only about 6,000 copies, Now, by 1975, the average
rinting of each issue I s some 8,700,000 copies jn 79
anguages.
During the years since 1879 The Watchtower has
undergone some changes in name and format, Originally
it was known as Zion's Watch Tower a?zd ITerulrE of
Cl~risf'sPresence. Today its Front cover identtfles it
as The Watchtown; Announcing Jehovah's Ki~igdom.
For gears, W~dt~1~towcr
covers were prlnted in black
and while. Then, with the issue of Jnnt~nry1, 1939, a
new colored ('over was iniroducetl. Tllc journal Ihen
had larger, but Sewer IlngPs than 11. now contains,
The issue of August 15,1950, released at thr! Tlicocracy's
Increase Assembly of Jehovah's Wilness:~, bare a
different cover design, contained colorful rIIustralions
and was increased from sixtecn to thirty-two pages.
Has I1hs Wutchtezuer contributed t o theocracy's increase? Indeed it has! Doubtless you will. be amazed
to know that from the 1942 through the 1974 service
years alone 2,836,041,443 copies of The Watchtower
have been published!
Atuakef, companion magazine to Ths Watohtower,
i s rhe successor of The Golden Arre and Cousolatim.
Since its first issue-that of August 22, 1 9 4 6 A w a k a l
has reflected sure hope for the establishment of God's
righteous new order in this very generation. This
journal,too, i s part of that reat flood tide of literature
from the 19.12 through
announcing the Kingdom. &y
the 1974 service ears 2,600,7d1,501copies of Awake!
(and ~olasolateon?have been printed!
Not to be overlooked i s the flood tide of bound
books that have announced Jehovah's kingdom, including the 1973 volume God's Kingdona of a Thousand
Years Has A prawhed, It may surprise you to know
that from 1842 through the 1974 sen3ce year the
Watchtower Society has printed 352,513,410 bound
books a t its headquarters and by means of other
printeries throughout the earth.

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EXPANSION OF PRIWTINU FACILImES


Thls ever-increasing flow of Bible literature has
called for continued expansion o f the Watch Tower
Society's printing facilities, not only in the United
States, but also in various other laces throughout the
earth. It was back In 1927 that t#e Society moved into
its modern fireproof structure of reinforced concrete
at 117 Adams Street in Brooklyn, New York. With
70,000 square feet of floor space, that building seemed
very spacious, but the acceleration of the Kingdompreaching and disciple-making work has required expansion of the Society's fadliiles.
A major step in this regard was disclosed by Brother
Raorr on August 8,1946, at the Glad Nations Theocratic
Assembty. He Informed his convention audience that
there woulcl bc r?xp:~nsionof the Society's printing
plant and the Bethel home in Brooklyn. Thus property
ad.iacent to the original plant was purchased, evacuated
and Ihcn demolished. Excavation for the new factory
began on Decernber 6, 1949, and construction commenced in January 1049. When corn Ieted, this ninestory concrete addition almost dou%led the factory
floor space. By 1950 the Society's printing plant at
117 Adarns Skeet occupied a n enlire city hloclr.
During 1954 the Watch Tower Society colnpleted
construc-tion of a new building at 400 Di elow Bouled
vard, Pittsbur h, Pennsylvania. Grant h e r says,
"This building
not only the Society's registered ofnce,
but the center of the Permsylvafia corporation's annual
meetings, and therein is a Kmgdorn HalI," used by
certain congregaiions of Sehovall's witnesses. One of
the Kingdom Ministry Schools was also conducted
there for a number of years, up till M a y 4, 197'4.
Ey the mid-1950's the Kingd~m~preaching
work was
increasing greatly in tempo. Some years earlier, in
1944, the Society had printed 17,897,998 copies of The
Watchtower and ColzsoIorLion (now dwoke!). During
1951, however, the total was 57,396,810 copies. Hcncc,
expansion of the Society's Sadlitics in Brooklyn, New
York, was essential. By spring of 1955, therefore, excavation for a new factory began and in 1955 this
thirteen-story ~ 1 m was
t
completed. Situated at 77
Sands Street, The Watchtower Buildmg," as it was
called, has 192,000 squaxe feet of Boor space, more
than the factory at 117 Aclmns Street, io which it
I s linked by an over+thestreet br~dge. In 1958 the
Societ purchased a nine-story factory on an adjoining
city byock, and this has been used airnost cnclusively
for storage.
The number of Xingdam proclaimers exceeded a
million world wide by the mld-1960's. Again the So.

ciety's Brooklyn factory space was cramped. So in


1966, on a block adjoining its other plants, mnstructlon
began on another Imge factory. That eleven-stor
stmctom, dedicated on January 31, 1968, added 226,008
square feet of floor space to the Watchtower factory
complex. By then the Society's Brooklyn f a c t o r y buildings, suitably interconnected by bridges spanning the
streets, covered four city blocks.
Late in 1969 the rate o f expansion increased dramatically, On November 25, 1969, the huge, ten-bulldlng
complex of the S uibb pharrnaceutlcal plant in Brooklyn
was purchased
the Watchtower Bible and Tract:
Society of New York, Ine. This acquisi!lon added
632,792 square feet of floor spacc to the Society's headrjuarters facilities. C. W. Barber recalls watchlng some
of tkc construction of the Squ~bbcomplex years ago,
Though Jehovah's organization had tried to get ground
in that very IocatKon, the Squibb firm succeeded in
acquiring it. According to Brother Barber, "Squibb
ran into a lot of trouble, too, finding a footing for
their buildings, as the ground was so sandy tliere."
He adds: "They finally erected a flne-Ioolting croup
of buildings, and 1 used to tI~inIchow ood it would
he if there belonged to ihe Society. So,
and behold,
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~ A N S I O NOF !CHIC BETHEL HOME KKXIS PACE


As the Watchtower Society's factory facilities in
Brooklyn were expanded there was a correspondin
need for expanmon of the Bethel horne. Hence, in 1958
a twelve-story addition t o the home was completed. But
the headquarters staff continued to increase. So, on
December 8, 19%, there began the demohtion of the
old buildings on the site of a roposed BetheI amex,
a building on Columbia 1leig(ts in Broolrlyn. Construction on i t began in 1959, and before long the
tweIvc-sto Bethel addition was completed. Its dedication t o z place on Monday evening, October 10.
1960, in the new buiIding's beautiful Kin dom Hall.
On hand were members of the Bethel family and
brothers who had worked on the structure, making a
total. of 630 persons. The headquarters staff itself had
grown from 355 in 1950 to 607 in 1960.
In 1965 the locale of the Bethel hopz--the
Brooklyn
Heights area-was named New York city's first "EIistonc
District."' Though the Society had desired to erect
another twelve-story residential building, it cooperated
with the Landmarks Preservation Commission and
limited i t s construction. The fronts of three old structures were allowed to remain and a seven-story horne
was wrapped around behind these and tied into them,

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This new buildin at 119 Columbfa Wdghts was dedicated on May 2, f969. Next t o it is a large apartment
house owned by Jehovah's witnesses,and much of it: has
been used to accommodate members of the headquarters
staff. Incidentally, by the end of the 1970 service year
the Bethel fmi1y (including regular and temporary
workers in Brooklyn and at the Society's farmsf had
grown to 1,449 persons. Additionally, seventy students
OF Gilead School then lived at headquarters, bringing
the total to 1,519. To help to accomrnodaFe so m a n y
people, the Society leased three floors of the nearby
Towers Hotel,

and Switzerland. In fact, Jehovah's


eople have
thirty-seven printeries around the worldl And, from
1955 until now they have increased thc number of
their large rotary presses earth wide from nine to sixtyfour. Certainly, printing facilities are available lo
meet the growing demand for BibIe literature,
W h y has all this expansion around the globe been
undertaken? It i s because those shouldering responsibility for such decisions in Jehovah's organization
are interested in helping peopIe to garn knowIedge of
the Scriptures. Is that your objective too? Doubtless
it is, if you are one of Jehovah's Christian witnesses.
Members of the headquarters staff share such desires.
That i s why they have been working diligently to produce Bible literature. Their comb~ned efforts during
ihe 1914 service year made It ossible to produce, in
Ihe United States alonc, 268,f09,382 copies of The
Watchtower and Awake!, as well as 13,874,957 booklets, 45,180,920 books and Bibles, and 261,387,712tracts.
To whom must the credit go for alI this theocratic
expansion? This is not the result of mere humnn plannin and earnest effort. The credit must gc~to Jehovah
who makes things grow. He fs the One who has
red the effor1.s of his peo le In reaching the
i E F n e w s of t h e ~ingdom.-I.
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EXPANBION CIONTJNUES

Yet, expandon of facilities has not been Limited to


these developments, "In 1961," says Grant Suiter, "the
Society took steps toward the eventual sale of a portion of the Kingdom Farm property, including the
buildings previously utilized by the Watchtower Bible
School of Gilead [near South Lansing, New Yorkl."
A few years later the sale was completed. So the
size of the farm was reduced.
In the meantime the Board of Directors of the
Watchtower BibIe and Tract Society of New Pork,
Tnc., had purchased farm facilities near Pine Eush,
New York. The original. farm of 811 acres was acu i r d there in 1963, becoming known as Watchtower
arm. A fine residence building was completed there
in 1968, and other construction followed. I n time another farm was acquired nearby. Today the two Watchtower Farms cover 1,698 acres.
On the Watchtower Farms, vegetables, fruits, meat
and dairy items are produced to feed members of the
Society's headquarters staff. Moreover, among the
numerous structures on farm No. 1 are two factories,
Factory No. 1 h a s four rotary presses, each capable
of prinfA-g 12,500 magazines per hour. In factory No. 2
thew is sumcient space for paper storage and fourteen
more rotary presses besides much other equipment.
Six rotary presses are already in operation there,
making a totaI o f ten presses in the two factories.
W h e n completed, these plants wiU provide about
400,660 square feet of floor space. By October 1974,
over 460 regular and temporary workers were serving
at the Watchtower Farms.
Not on1 has the Watch Tower Society expanded its
printing &illties in the United Stales. Expansion has
been the watchword throughout the earth. Jehovah's
witnesses now have printing plants in Australia, Brazil,
Canada, England, Finland, France, Germany, Ghana,
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For.

MARKING A rnNXURJT OF DIVINE IIIRE(IrnQN


By the year 1970 a century had passed since Charles
Taze Russel1 and a few associates began meeting for
carnest, prayerful study of the Scriptures. Through
all those decades, Jehovah's servants had enjoyed spirltual enlightenment and divine direction. O~-togenarlan
Edith R, Brenisen has been associated with Jehovah's
organization for a good many of those years. As she
attended one of the 1970 "Men of Good Will" District
Assemblies, she was deeply moved. Sister Brcniscn
writes: "When at the 1970 assembly in Boston, and
seeing that huge crowd al: Fenway Park, I recalled
the first one-day convention I went to in 1902 a t Park
Square, Boston, to hear Brother Russell give a tallr.
That was t n ~ l ya mere handful. Incidentally, that, i s
where I first met Brother Macmillan. I cannot describe
my feelings as I sat there, in Boston, sixty-eight years
later and gazed upon that great crowd of Witnesses
surrounding me. As in the earlier days, when so few
in number, the same h o 1 ~spirit, zeal and love for
Jehovah filled our hearts.
At that year's assembly, the chairman's o nfng
address was entifled "One Hundred Pears of givirae

Direction." Margaret Green recalls that it "made us


think back on what we had read about the organization

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In the 1870's and its small beginning and the unbelievable rowth for the past 100 years."--Compare
Zechariah 8:10.

YIELDING TO DIVIINE nIRECTTOW


Jehovah's servants were determined to continue yieldimg to divine direction, They gave clear evidence of
this at their ffveilay "Divine Name" Distrlct Assembles of 1971. These exalted the name Jehovah and
provided education regarding obedience to the divine
principles Ior which that name stands. Among other
things, inforrna~onwas presented concerning further
theocratic alignment o f the modern-day Christian congregation.
Rut before we consider the or anizational develop.
rncnls brought to the fore at &e 1971 district assemblies, we do well to take a Iook at the past. Sornething very notable occurred in the late 1930's and
early 1940's. First, let us go back some three decades.
"!tHX 93XElOCRACX IS OF AGE"
September 30 to October 2, 1944, were highly significant da s for God's eople. Thousands of them met
in ~ittsgurgh,~ e n n s y h a n l a ,for Jehovah's Witnesses'
Theocratic Convention and the h u a l Meeting of the
Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society. Among the
convention's features were the discourses "Theocratic
Org?nization for Final Wark,"$y T. 6. Sullivan, "Theod
cratic Organization in Action by F. W. Franz, and
"The Theocratic Alignment *day," given by N. H.
Knorr. The theme of those discourses emphadzed the
importance of the business to be transacted at the
annual meeting that year. Hence, thousands remained
in Pittsburgh lor the Society's business meeting on
Monday, October 2, 1944.
"Here I met and visited with Brother Van Amburgh
for the last time," says W. L. Pelle. '"is
first remark
when he saw rno was, Brother Pelle, the Theocracy
Is of age."' But why would the Society's aging
secretary-treasurer make a remark W e that? Because
of the developments on that occasion.
Of principal im ortance was the passing of s i x
resolutions proposgg changes in the Watch Tower
Society's charter by amendments. The first amending
resolution proposed the enlarging of the Society's
purposes so as to assume properly the great worldwide
work ahead. Among other ihings, it put the dfvine
name "Jehovah" in the charter. The third eliminated
entirely the charter's provision that fixed member.
ship on the basis of monetary contributions made to
the Society. Upon its becoming effective, membership

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would be limited to not more than 500 men, aZ1 chosen


on the basis of their adive service to God. As Ttzc
Watchtowor of November 1, 1944, put it: "This amendment will have the efFect of bringing the charter as
near to Theocratic arrangements as the law of the
Iand emits." All six amendment resoluhons (mvulvlng
~ r t i & s 2, 3, 5, 7, 8 and 101 were adopted.
Though Jehovah's people did. not then realize it
what they dia organizationally m 1944 evidently had
Biblical significance. Daniel's propl~ecy had foretold
that for 5300 "evenings and mornings," or days, a
symbolic small horn' (the Anylo-American World
Power) would trample Jehovah s theocratic "holy
place" as represented by Jesus' anointed followers on
earth. (Dan. 8:9-14)This oc~urredduring World War 11.
At the.beginnfng o f the foretold 2,300 days the twopart article "Organization'Qppeared in The Watchtower (June I and June 15, 1938).
the first part it
was said: "Jehovah's organization ~sm no mse demacratic. Jehovah i s supreme, and Ms government or
organization is strictly theocratic."' Part two presented
a resolution that congregailons of Jehavah's witnesses
adopted, caUing for appointmmi. th~ocrnlicaIlyof alI
oflciating servants In alI congrcgnlions, from the top
down.
I f counted from June 1. 1938,the 2,300 days extended
to October 8, 19.14. Or, if reckoned from June 15, 1938,
they ended on October 22, 1944. A t the end of that pe.

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rlod, theocratic organization again was emphasized by


the organizational talks and adjustments a t the convention and annual meeting of September 30 to O@ober 2,
1944, a t Pittsburgh, Pennsylvama, and in articles on
theocratic organization published in Tke Watchtower
of October 15 ("Organized for Final Wqrk") and
November 1, 1944 ("Theocratic Organization in Action"
and 'The Theocratic Alignment Today")). Hence, at
the end of the trialsomc 2,300 da s God's servants
showed themselves stronger for ~eKovah'stheocratic
government by Jesus Christ than they ever had been.
As foretoId, the "holy lace" then was "restored t o its
rightful state.Ip-Dan. f:14, Revised S ~ ~ I t d a rVmslon;
d
see TTL~
Watchtozum, December 1, 1971, pages 711.728.
AfOSTOLIU CONGREGATION STRUUTlTRE

Now Iet us return to* the "Divine Name" District


Assembly of 1971. Especially im ortant were portfons
of the program that dealt with tEe governing arrange.
ment of the early Chnshan congregation.
Recent studies of the Biblical, apostolic congregation
structure had been undertaken by the governing body
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for some modem-day adjustments. Whereas in receni
years one mature Christian man had served aa conme.
gatlon servant, or presiding ovemeer and was assistcd
by appointed "servants,'Ythe nposto~tcmethod of governing each congregation was by means of o body of
elders. (Acts 20:12-25; 1TLm.4:14) hlso, during 'the ilrst
century C.E. there evidently had been a rotatln of
chairmanship within a congregation's body of rl%rs.
It was therefore deemed fitting to have a different
chairman of the body of elders serve each year w l v r ~
thcrc I s more than one elder In a congregation.
CHOOSING ELDERS AND ItIINTS!l%XkIAt SERVANT'S
The governing body of Jelrovah's witnesses sent emti
conmgation an instructive Ietter about selecting the
"body of elders," as well as ministerial s ~ r v a n t s .According to that letter of December 1, 1671, all b a p
tized men of the congregation twenty
ars old and
upward were considered. (See Ezra
BI.O~~ICTS
participating In ddtscussio~~s
concerning elders and mjn~sterlalservants prepared well, considering the nrtlclr~l
"Theocratic OrganizaEon Amidst Demncracies nntF
Communism,'' "A pointed Omcers in the Theomxtlc
Organization" ancfl'A 'Body of Elders' with Rolnling
Chairmanshlp," a pearing in Tha Watclttownr of No.
vember 15, 1971. xdditionally, there was careful atudy
of the January 1, 1972, Watc+tower articles entitlcd
"Who -Is Wise and Understanding Among You?'' nnd
"Appomted Elders to Shepherd the Flock of God!' And,
to the extent that t ~ m eperrmtted, the brothers had rrnd
lnnterlal in Aid to Bib78 Unrlersfnnding undcr Ihc
headings "Older Man," "Overseer" and "Minister,'"
When members of the congre~ntion comrnlltce and
other qualified brothers met together, prayer was mid.
Anlong othrr things, they read and considcrecl cluallncations for elders and rnmislcrial servants as sct out
in God's Word at 3. Timothy 3:l-10, 12, 13: Titus 1:s-9
and 1 Peter 5:1-5."Many f o r the flrst time truly faced
tllprnsplves," remarks R. D. Cantwell, "and all fcll
kccnly the obligation before Jehovah to I ~ PI~onestin
thefr appraisal of seIf and others. A few had to dlsqualify themselves. This arrangement has b r o u ~ t l t
out an konesty a d humility that w ~ u l d have bcrn
Impossible except for thjs forward step in ~~ndcrstandi
ng
of Bible principles of organization." (Even in yrars
prior. to this, however, the Bible's requirements wrrc
the basis for determining who would bc entrvstrd
with responsibility in the congregation, Sec Cbnta~cl.o n
Tlteowatdc Organimtim for JeJwvah's W$t?tes~~s,
p. 19;
Prewhi?tg Together in Unity, p. 26,)
Flnally, after an analysis of quafiflcatfons posae~sed

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hy brotherr in the congregations, recommendations


were suhmltted to the governing body. After August 1,
1972, the congregations k g n n to receive letters a p
polntlng overseers nnd min~sterinlservants.

IEE00QNITEON OF D
m RTJLERSKU?
While Jehovah's people a@ausly awaited fulZ imglernentatlon of this congregat~onalarrangement, those
In t h e Unltcd States, Canada and the British Isles

attended t h e 1972 ''Dlvlnt! Rulership" Dlstrict Assemhlles, Ilckl betwcen the latft-r part of June and Iate
Aujiust. A t thrsc gatherings divine rulership commnndcrl pnrazrulunt xltcntion.
Onr of tlir! sl nifi~.ant assembly releases was the
-ct l iott for Kdngdon~-preachhzg
new IY2-pngr! boo[ Orgrtt~i,
awrl Dis{:iplr.-malrin . am on^ other things, it outlined
llic lrnproverncnts 2elnl: mnde In the structure of the
Chrlstlnn conjin*gatfon. The O ~ g a n i z a t i o ?book
~
and
t l ~ oass:embly pro1:rnnr cornMned wel! to point out the
praclir:h nspccts of surh rcorgnnlzatron and to demonslrntr! how tllcso would wnrlc nut.
Recognttion o S dlvinc! rulcrahl was ~tmssedat these
dlstrlct a s s c m h l i ~ ~r l H, In ~ I I Pp ~ ~ l l tUlr
l c l'Dlvlnc nulership-the Only Xlr)pc. of All hTrlnlrlnt1." llclrgntcs renllzcd I hat l o gr~lii c!tc.mnl H f o I llny must pr8rsonallg
rt?l:ognlzr,Jrl~ov~il~'s
rulrrsll IF, 1 E(~wevrr,
thr ncw Organ+
aatio?~,hoolc nntl vnrlr~us rwscmbly prograni features
hlgt~llghicrlt b c Irnporl nrlcr! of co+xgregcrl<oncrlrecognitlon or clivlnr! rulership.
UtOVEItNINQ. TiODY dEXd THE EXAMFm
ose we now turn the clock hack to Monday
morning. Xeptember 13, 1971. At seven o'clock members of thc Watch Tower Society's I~eadquartersstaff
are sentcd a t thrir rrspeetive placcs throughout the
various dlnln rooms of the Brooldyn Bethel home.
They are ren$ for the usual discussion of the d a ~ ~ ' s
Bible text, to he followrtd by breakfast. It has always
hcrn customnry fnr t h e Sctety's resident to preside
ILI tl~eserllseusslcns wi~enhc? Is at Latiquarters. Today
Rrother Finorhi' Is homr at Rethel, tlut h e is not a t
tttc hend of t l ~ c :tablo. Instend, P.W. Franz, the Society's
vice-prcsldent. Is prcslding over the morning text
dlscusslon. Why? I<crmtst the governing body of Jehovah's witnesses has Instftuted the arran~ementof
rotnling i t s mcmbcrs on a wrrltly basis with regard
to contlucting the ~nnrningBible text discussions and
the I3cthel I:lmily's Monday night Illaichtuzt:cr study.
At Brooklyn nethe], thcn, n rotation procedure had
its be~lnnlnga yanr before a slmllar arrangement was
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rnerB1. But the arrangement went farther than this.
ccordfng to a resolution adopted by the governing

body of Jehovah's witnesses on September 6, 1971, its


chammanship was to rotate annually by alphabetical
arrangement. So it was that F. W. manz became t h e
chairman of the governing body for one year as of
October 1. 1971. Agpropriaiely, the governing body set
the example in putting into effect the new organizational arrangement.
"THIS IS GOD'S DOm(Xn
ReflecLing on the new congregational arrangement
roviding TOT elders and ministerial servants, Roger
or an was moved to say: "This Is God's doing."
Douitless others will agree, since they ma have
considereg the resulting benefits. The first shlffing of
responsibilltres began in September 1972, and by October 1 the arrangement of things in most congregations
had been adjusted. In many cases, the former assistant
congregation servant became the presiding overseer,
the previous congregation servant became the TlleocraUc Ministry Schqol overseer, and sa forth. Herc
was proof that Chrrsklans recognize Jehovah's rulerskip, his way of doing things in the congregation of
his people. Each year the elders in a congregation would
rotate to various positions, and they would work to-

gether as a body, having in mind the spiritual welfare


of the congregation and the need to cooperate with
one another in shepherding the flock of God allotted
to them.-1 Pet. 5:2.
Many are the benefits of the new congregational:
arrangement. For instance, Edgar C. Kennedy feels i t
"could be the means of stronger solidarity in the event
a congregation was separated from the governing body
for a period of time." "This is most certainla an
unusual advancement in Jehovah's organization, observes Grace A. Estep, "and shows lzow well he is
preparing his people for the t h e beyond thls system
of thin s." Not wllhout good reason, in its report on
the 1 9 3 district asscmb!ies, The ~ e t c h t o w remarked:
r
"Truly, Jehovah is b m g i n g h ~ scongr$gated people
into an organnzatlonal condition in whrch they will
be able t o ride out Armageddon into God's new ordeiunder divine rulership."
"'DTVINE: VICTORY" INmNATIONAL ASSEMBLY
Jehovah's Christian witnesses have given abundant
evidence that they yield to divine dirmtfw and wllllngly
submit t o divine rulership. From late June 1973 to
January 1974 they held a globeencircling international
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await: divine vlciory. Generally live-day gatherings, the
numerous convcntlona of this worldwide event took
place in the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia.
I tddle and South Amenca, the South Pacific and Africa.
Many of God's people traveled to distant lands, there
to share the spiritually upbuilding assembly program

wit11 their fellow Felievers of other countries. Usually,


only daytlrne sesslons were held, enabling delegates to
return to their lodging places early and eliminating
travel after dark m areas where this might be Inadvisable. Evening hours were often spent reviewing
assembly highlights.
Among this assembly's map fine features was the
absorbing discourse entitled geep Close in Mind the
Presence of the Day of Jehovah." How forcefully lt
showed that Christians should not mentally push of
the day of Jehovah! Dcterhratin world conditions
and Lhweratie organizational deuefopmenfs, wllh the
arrangement for elders and ministerial servants, as
well as the rapid influx of those who will compose the
rertt crowd," indicate that Jehovah's day rs near.
Pot. 3:U-13; Rev. 7:9) Following this though?provoking t d k came a greatly apprecfald pnnted
release-the 192-pngc book Taw Prate a ~ SRCPCTT~Vd
F r o m W t a t florr,rc~?
The printed assembly releases included the Cqmpr~honswrz Concordance of the N e w World Trans'lakow
of tho l i d y Scriptures and the 416-page book God'<c
Kingdom of a Thoecsand Years H a s Appromhsd. Heartcheering, indeed, was the public address "Divine Victory
-Its Meaning for Distressed Humanity." Eoldly attention was focused on the universal war of HarMagedon, in which Jehovah xvlll v~ndicate Mmself
with divine victory. It was showh that under the driv~ng
force of unclean inspired expressions tlie "kings of
tile entire inhabited earth" are being gathered t o a
war against God over rulership of the earth. (Rev.
16:13-16) Hence, one must take a stand,on one side o l
the issue or the other. Only. those siding Wth Jesus
Christ, the King of kings, mll be spared. They alone
wilt be witnesses o f the divine victory and win join
in the celebration that follows It.
A t the nineteen "Divine Victory" International
Assemblies held during June and July 1973 throughout
the continental United States, 15,851 symbolized
their dedication t o Jehovah God by submitting to
water baptism. In all, at these gatherings 665,945
met to enjoy the rich spiritual blessings provided by
Jehovah for Ills peo le. World wide, 140 conventions
were held, at w h ~ h!1,830 persons were bagtlzed and
there was a totaI attendance of 2,594,303. m a t a
cause to express gratitude to the Divine Victor!

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SPECIAL WORK SPUR8 mCIMCASE


There was, h o m e r , another very Important feature
of the "Divine Victory" lnternnt Ionnl Aswmb?~es,
Months in advance The TVatctchtoulrr hntl said thnf the
p g r am wouIrF focus considerablr! al!cntfon on Ihr
Ingdom-preachingand dlsciple.makIng worlr. It ndded:
"A special work will be outlined and rlsmonstraletl. All
congrcgatlons of Jehovah's witnesses worl(1 widc will
he sl~aringin it during specified dates following Ihc
nsaemhly." What was tMs spccia1 work?
The answer came after the convt?ntlon*s keynote
B oegh, "Vietoy over the World Without Armed Con.
$el
It was onowed by the relensc a t n fourpage
t r ' n i , Iriar/dorn News No.16,entIt1t.d "Is 'IYrnc Running
Out for Mankind?" A free pncltcl O F clghi tracts wctit
to everyone in the audience nhovc thr ngc oC twrlvr!
ycarn ~ v l l o was interested in dlstrihuttt~g them. 'l'rn
rlnyn-September 21 through 3CLwouJrZ bt! set r ~ s i dfor
~
rllstributinn of these tracts, the spcafrrr pointcd out.
"I'ltcy would be handed t o the pclnplc
rsonitll In
Iloiireto-house work, copies being i c f i uric]. !he Zorr
If no one was at home. The Walch 'J'u~vcr Sot:Iety
w m ~ l d~ c n dtracts to every c o n g r e ~ t i o non ihe hafiis of
100 for e?ch publisher. It was ilesircd that evc?ry dwellir~xreceive a copy' so free distrll~ution OF m!Jllon~
was certain. ,~e+ah's people wrre dellghtccl wlth the:
plbospccts of doing this special work in pi'ocl:~im i na
the Kingdom.
So it was that during the lagt ten days of September
1973 Jehovah's witnesses in the UnIteA S t ~ t e s ,as ebewhere, distributed Kingdons N m a No. 16 by t h e millions of copies. On December 22 through 31, IW3, thry
: ~ ~ a ~i nn g a g e dIn mass distrlb~~tf~n
of I<i?lpdo?n Ncirqs.
'I'hfs tiznc it was No. 37, posinff ant1 nnsw~rlng t h e
question "Has Religion Betrayed God rind hTan:,'VC)n
May 3 through 12 they went t l ~ r o u ~fhi h ~ l rtrrrltorlrs
ngnln, with Kingdrum N e z ~ sNo. 18, illis lime l r n t ~ ~ r i n g
~ I I P cmrial question "Government by God-ATP Yo~r
Tor It or Against It?"
Many who h o w the truth of God's Word have been
moved to share the good news wlth others by engagjng
in dislribution of Kingdom W w a . Why, d u r t n ~St3ptr.mher 1913, in the United States (extapt AInska and
IIawaii) 512,738 Kingdom publi~hers art lcipatsd In
1 his work. And reports ind~cato t h a t t h y clistrlbutcd
43,320,048copies of Kingdom New8 No. It;. In J>cccmbcr
Ilit! amn;dng total of 525,007 shnrecl tn dLtrlbutlnn or
ICi7tgOdnl N m s No. 17; that was 103,11.2 more pub.
IIshecs than had shared in Reld scrvlcc ust. a vear
rnrlior. And in May 1874 there ivct.e 5:!9, 82 workers
in t h e field sewice:

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Experiences show that K i a g d m NWB d1sWbutEon


really has spurred the work of discl lc-making. Far
instance, two uhllghers left a copy wKh a gentleman
and went th& way, only to be holiod by him later.
Upon returning t o hls home, they mcr h ~ swife, who
had found the book T h T m ~ t hTlrrrl LecrrE~t o Etornat
Life in a trash can. She had not hecn nbIe to sleep
because she realized thnt thlngs it said were being
fulfilled. Thls lcd i u a Bible stutIy. Tl~c!wamnn began
attending Christian mecllngrr r r ~ u l a r l yand p1,ogressed
to the oint that she 15?1rllcipnlcd111 h l c r Ringdona
N e w s dstribution and was plnnning t o he haptized.
A copy of K i ~ g d o mNnas IrlndEed the interest of
two longhaired fleshly brolhcrs who smoked, took
rlrugs and played in a rock ' n Y o l l band. Soon both
of them were studylng the Blblc with the Witness who
had placed the tsnct. T h ~ yrut their hnir, stopped
smoking and using nnrcotlcs and mad@rapid spiritual
progress. Just three montlrs after rrvrlving a copy of
K i n g d o m Ncwa, they wrre e n ~ n f l n g In IleId srrvicc,
~Iacingthe next jssue wli I1 01 tuat'.r.I l o t l ~wcrc. bripli7ed
In December 1973,nnrl ~lire'tlyI llrr~11
Ctrr wrrc enjoyillg
temporary plnnwr work.
G A T I ~ R T N QA 9LflhlmATf l R O W L '
The apostlc Jotln behcld n "grunt crowil'Vrrom all
nations, trihcs, pcoplr!s nnd tonjiucs atnnrling bcfore
the throne of Cod nntl ~.cnderltlg ldrn s~;ncccd service
day and night in hls templc. I IEtrv. 7:9, 15) These
individuals with; eartllty liopca heartily have su portcd
the anointed followrrs o f .Tcsus Christ In theE Godgiven wosfr of proclafmln~: thc ~om1, news of the
Kingdom. How thrifllng it hns hectn, as a rcsubt, to
nbserve thottsands upon thorlsantls sf ream to the 'rnounrain of Jehovah's hr)use?-Esn. 224,
These who h a w gntheretl info the courtyards of
'Jehovah's house' have rledicnted t)iemselves to Jehovah
God and symbolized this by water Imnlcrslon. Not long
after listening to Ilrt? InlIc "133 tlsm According to the
Divine Will," 7,136 of surh lndkldunls wcre irnmcrscd
in New York city on July 30, 1!)5#. Thcrr! had been
nothing like it since Penlccosl o f 33 C.11:. (Acts 2:41)
Sure1 that baptism fn 15158 wns n o t ~omething the
worl{could Ignore, for H.L. Phllbrieh wrote not long
ago: T h e press carried flne plcturcs of the great
number who were b c t n ~ba~~tizerl . All rcaders of
the newspapers had tu get tl~cimpression that Jehovah's witnesses were no longer to he viewed as a
smaH 'sect.' The lruth was on the march!"

. .

Jehovah's people have not been interested In mere


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dates understand what they are doing. That is why


there was great appreciation for a provision made in
the book "YOUTWord Is a Lamp to My Foot," published in 1967. On pages 7 to 40, it contained eighty
Scriptural questions,to be discussed by mature brothers
with respective baptismal candidates. "After they
studieathe eighty questions with the aid of the mngre
gation committee," observed Brother and Sister Earl E,
Newell, "they realized that their dedication and baptism
was one of a lifelong course and the responsibility that
went with it was n o t to be taken lightly." The more
recent book Orgumimtion f o r Rdmgdmn-preuching and
Disciplemaking (published in 1972) makes
similar
provrsion for discussion of Scriptural guestmns with
Ihose who are considering baptism. As various elders of
the congrcgatlo~~
conduct these sessions with each
individual, those contemplating baptism are afforded an
opporiunity to express themselves on Biblical matters
and weigh their relationship with Jehovah God. Such a
provision has helped to make true disciples.

Consider briefly just how the making and baptizing


of disciples has increased. In 1968 t h e number for the
year was 82,842. During the years 1969 to 1973, a total
of 792,019 individuaIs were baptized, As enthusiastic
effods to gather the "great crowd" continue, many
thousands are being baptized every year. Why, during
the 1974 service year alone, 297,872 persons were
immersed in symbol of their dedication to Jehovah
God! What a thriIl it is for God's peo le to share in
this wonderful ingathering work to ~eRovah'8praise!
Today there arc more than two million Christian
witnesses of Jehovah preaching the good news of
Gad's kingdom.
"KEEP ON THE WAT(1XX9'
Jesus Christ emphasized the need f o r his followers
to remain alert and an the watch respecting his coming
to execute judgment against the wicked system of
things. He did so by likening the disciple to a doorkeeper w h o m his muster commanded to watch fo:
his return from a trip abroad. "Kecp on the watch,
was Jesus' wise admonition.--Mark 13: 32-37.
The "Divine Purpose" Disrrfct Assembly did much
to engender a sense of urgency and an altitude of
heightened spiritual watchfulness on the part of Jehovah's Chrutian wjtnesses. Throughout the United
States, Canada and the British Isles upward of eightyflve such assemblies were held from June to August,
1971. These gatherings certainly heIped God's people
to recagnlze just where thcy are living in the stream
o f time.

Thm moving Bible dramas taught their forceful


lessons. The need to guard against lack of faith dramatlcally was brought to the fore as conventioners
focused their attention on the Israelites, freed from
Egyptian bondage and wanderhg in the wilderness.
Another dramatization centered attention on 1 Kings
chapter 13,and showed tlze perils linked with not listening to divine authority. And, how moving was the
y t r a y a l of the apostle Paul's Ble and works as a
hristran! It filled vlewcrs with renewed zeal for the
worship and service of Jehovah God.
IIow can one be safeguarded against such things
as materialism, demon influence and exploitation by
false religion? The anuwers were them in the moving
discourse "Safeguaxded by Faith and Hope That Are
Fixed on Jehovah." ?%at assembly talk was followed
by the release of a new 392-page book entitled "Is
This L i f e All There Is?" It directs powerful blows
agaxnst Babylon the Great, the world empire of false
religion, while also giving readers sound reasons for
believing t h a t there is much more than this life. This
book builds Pailh in Jehovah's promise nl Ilfe in a
righteous new order anti t h e ~ m n dresurrection hope.
The anointed PolEowers of Jesus Christ and their
companions with e a r t h l y t ~ o p e swnnt to serve Zhe divine
pwpoee. Thry Itnow t.hnt it will not fall, and that
conviction was eml~odiedin the title and contents of
another printed assembly release-the
book God's
6 ' E t w ~ ~ aPurpos&'
'l
Notu Triumphiwg for HUH'S Good.
There truly are valid reasons for putting confidence
in God's pur ose. Especially were these made clear
at the assem%iy's climax, when the public t?!k was
delivered on the subject "Human Plans Failing as
God's Purpose Succeeds." This and other vital informa.
tion thrilled the hearts of the 891,819 persons attending
the 69 "Divine Purpose" District Assemblies in the
United States.
JehovWs witnesses in the United States, as elsewhere, know that men w f H make continued efforts to
stabilize a tottering world. But no matter how grandiose human plans may seem to be, and how loud
men's assurances that these will succeed, Jehovah's
people know that only God's purpose will triumph mid
they thank him for their grand privilege of declaring
his Word and Kingdom.
Significant1 Isaiah's prophecy says that "in the
final part oflthe days" the mountain of Jehwall's
house will be firrnIy cstabllshed above the top of the
mountains and many peoples will stream to it. (Isa.
2:2-41 Wc now are in "the final part of the days"!
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crowd" should impress us with the urgency of the


times. This is not the day for Jehovah's servants anywhere to be complacent, listless, or hactlve. They
have a work t o do!
Just think where we are in the stream of time! Its
importance was deeply impressed on our minds back
in 1966. God's. people then received the absorbing book
h f e EverlasCzng-tz F r c e d m of the Sons of God. It
did not take long for mast of them to note the chronological chart in it that identified 1975 as the "end of.
6th 1,00S);year day of man's existence (in early
autumn).
This certain? raised quesdons. Does this mean
that Babylon t e Great wilI go down by 1975? Will
Armageddon be over, with Satan bound, by then? 'It
could,' acknowledged F. W. Franz, the Watch Tower
Society's vicc-president, after posing similar questions
at the "God's Sons of Lilserty" District Assembly in
Faltbnore, Maryland, However, he added, in essence:
But we are not saying. A11 things are possible with
God. But we are not sa ing. And don't any of you be
specific in saymg a n y d i n g that is going to happen
between now and 1975. But the big point of i t all I s this,
dear friends: Tme rs short. Time is running out, no

question about that! Among other things, Brother


Fsanz urged: "Let us make the most of the time and
get in all. the good,,hard work t o Jehovah while the
opportunity affords.
Some years have passed since then, but this has
only heightened the urgency of the preaching work.
Jehovah's servants know that they have not dedicated
their lives to God until a certain year. They are his
dedicakd peo IF: forever! Today the entire world of
mankind I s 8od1s field of work, and that work is
urgent. What a privilege Jehovah's people enjoy as
his L?lIow workers in that field, making known God's
purposes and provisions for salvation! Wit11 deep appreciation f o r Jehovah God's undeserved kindness,
itelerminedly these dedicated Christians press on &
their activities, "working together with him."-l Cor.
3:9; 2 Cor. 5:1%6:2.
With t h e help o f God's holy spirit, Jehovah's Chrlstlan
witnesses in the United States will continue to serve
their heavenly Father faitWully alon with their fellow
worshipers earth wide. M a y all of us demonstrate
unwavering loyalty to Jehovah. M a y we remdn alert,
active, as the end nears. We must "keep on the watch."
This is not the day for spiritual sleepvheads! It is
the tfms for wakefulness, diligence, fa'ithfulness, In
serving the Divine One whose marvelous and incornpa.
rable purpose cannot and will not fail.

TWO MILLCON EVANGELIZERS


WORLD WIDE!
While Jehovah's Christian witnesses in M e Unfted
Stares have had their finest year in the evangelizin
work, with 81,588 being baptized, the evangelizing warg
world wide i s a fltting subject for t h e conclusion to
this truelife story of modern times. Their unity and
oneness of mind, and the fa& that they have shared
togetller in this great preachfng work, have been a
joy to e v e 0 Christian witness of Jehovah. Today
2,021,432 Christian witnesses of Jehovah are declaring
the good news. They follow Jesus' admonition: "Bc

witnesses of me . . to the most distant part of the


earth."-Acts 1:8.
Not only have Jehovah's witnesses peached the good
news of the Kingdom, but they have been teachiag too,
regularly conducting 1,351,401Bible studies, on an average, with individuals who have shown interest in what
the Bible says. UsualI b the time that Jehovah's
witnesses study with ZrniEes for about six months,
those who are truly interested in this Bible educational
work bcgin attending congregational meetings, and
soon they too shnrc in giv~ngt l ~ cKingdom witness.
In but twelve months' time 291,872 individuals progressed to the point where the saw the importance
of being disciples, wallring in tKe footsteps a1 Christ
Jesus, and they symbolized their dedicatfon t o Jehovah
God by water baptism. What a great crowd o f lovers
of righteousness that is! The year 1974 was truly an
outstanding one In making discipIes of Jesus. Just think
-nearly 1M,000 more persons were baptized than in
t h e previous year.
The Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society has 96
branch offices wodd wide and through this branch
organization the Society directs the preaching of the
good news in 907 lands. According to the reports received, 371,132,570 hours were devoted to the preaching
work, much of it from house to house distributing literature, also in making 151,171,555 return visits on fnterested pcopIe and in conducting home Bible studies.
Jehovah's witnesses offer people rinted sermons,
Bible literature, to assist them t o ?earn thc truth.
This past year they pIaced 27,581,852 bound boolrs and
12,409,287 booklets in the homes of the peopIe. The magazines, Tke Watchtower and Awake!, play a very h-~portant part, too, In helping people to get an understanding of God's Word, and these are distributed fiwm
llouse to, house and on the streets. Jehovah's witnessee
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tton, yearIy subsu5ptions were tdren for theee mama


zlnes to the number of 2,387,904,
This grand work of preachng the good news was

of Christ's death, on April 7, 1W4, by Jehovah's Chris


tian witnesses. WurM wide tllerc were 4,550,457 in
attendance. Of these, 10,723 pnrtook o f thr cnlblems,
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carried cm not only in 191i lands whcrc there Is ircedom


to preach, but also in eleven countries wherc the work
of Jchwah's wjtnesses is banned hy thc govcrnrncnts.
Thc1.c was a fine increase of 8.5 pcrccnt j11 iolal ~ ~ l l r lisllcrs sharing in the Kingdom pl.udarnslion in t/lrbse
clcvcn countries. hl fact, there wore 372,253 persons
who, under great difRculties and Ilirougl~ c~nrefulmn~icuvering,were able to preach ahout God's klngdoln
to ~ n I l l i o l ~of
s people. They spent 1X1281,97G hours tloirlg
i t most of it uuderground. I3efol.c Cllc ycnl. entletl
ld,Z00 Individuals in these lands wcrvc bnptlzctl, : ~ n d
I h c too are now engaging in the cvnn~cIizir~g
worlc
I h ~ l r~ ~ O I I I P I ' Sand sistms wt~rlt!wltio.
l'hcrc! are at this tjmc 34,576 congrcgntlona of Y e
hovnh's witnesses. Associated wlth thrsc cimgrcgnflons
anti In isolated areas, there arc many IniIlvlrInnls who
arr preaching and teaching fuI1 time, s u d ~ns 1,102
mlssronarIes and 13,629 special plonccrs whn spcnt 150
I~ours each month going from hovsr In hoitse and
mnducting home Bible studies. Serving tllc! congref:ntkons as special appointed millistrrs nre 1,7S0 circuit
ovcrscers and 3 9 7 district ovc?rseers.A11 of thcsc Iti,TOR
e v n n ~ e l i a r sare assisted with their rooming accommotlntions, meals, travel and c.loltiin sxpensr>s.In the
aorvice year 1974 the Society spent $f,~i2,24fi.(iOt o hrlp
thew full-time workers to carry on In tl~cirworlc.
111 nrldition to these expenditures, Ihrre were expenses for the upkeep of the Bethel homca, wherc there
nrr 3,307 prrsons who work in omccs, kitchens, Inuntlrlrs, t~ousclceepingand in the rnnnufacturlng of li tcrntt~r~-nll l o fr~rit~er
the preachlnji of tlw gonrl ncws.
'I'l~err! wcrc, an an average each month, 112,tiIO
regulnr Innmrs and temporary p1r)necr.s who spcnt
tl1,uuI lMrhours a month in the decl;u.nlIon ol rlrc I i r ~ r p
dom good news, These, too, are nssotbintcd with Ihe
c o n g r r ~ aions
t
and are constantly tnlking t o people
nt~oul I h e Kingdom that Uhrjstinns hnvc Ijecn t~uj:t~t:
t o ~lray for, namely: "Let your Icingdom come. 1,cL
youl. will take place, as In hcaven, also upon carrll.'"
(Matt. 6:9 10) To share in tile I11esslnfi.sof God's Itinp
dom peapie must act. The Biblc urges: "Get out uf
her [Eabylan the Greatl
. is you da not want to
share wlth her in her sing, an$ if you do net want t o
~.cccivcpart of her plagues. (Rw. 15:4) So todny
hundreds of thousands, yes, millions o f people have Llcd
ancl arc now fleeing from the worId cmplre of false
rcliglon, Babylon the Great, and are sayin;: to J~hovnlr,
"You ars my refuge and m y stronghold."-PB. 91:2.
Tills was evident at the celebraiion of the Mcrnodd

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to be joint heirs with Christ Jcsus.


The m m h r s of llw Bcthcl family In all Its branches
are very pleased thnt t l ~ c y can print Wbles, books,
booklets, magazines and lrncts 1 llnt n s a i s ~the millions
of evangelizers in thc: field. To Zl~lsend, at the various
grinte~iesthey turnrd out 51,68:1,007 nlblca and other
ound books and 1H,239,lG9 bonltrots, nll tn b@ used
in Bible education work. In ntlrlltlon, 471.,Ul,629magazines were prinlccl.
All branch overseers X
n their y@ar1are ort made a
special request lo hnve warm love nnrf very good
wishes sent te all their frllow wor1ret.s throughout
the world. This requ~st I s ~rlntlenn brk~nlr of all of
Jehovah's Cht.istinn wltnesrres In each country so tknt
all of Jehovah's pmplc In the other countries of t h e
warld wiH know of llrrjr love for them, All of us believe in Ihe onc true Gori, J ~ h o v n hand we !vorsMp and
love him. We sst? vrry ~z*alr:l~rl
to kls only-htagollrr~Son,
Christ Jcsus, who xct :.ltuli 11 llnr rrmn]>lr r l l Intchgrity.
Together we nro Intrrilrtod tn tlt*rltirlny:thr? gor~rl11(~\vs
of God's kin~tlom.'I'hril Is our ,lay, W r nrt* nrixious,
but patient, to scr! I l ~ l sn l ~ lsyfitt-111 or Illlrl 1.r vnmt. to
its end and God'.; r l g l ~ l r o u Mrv;rli,nlu
l
i<lnl:f\om t o rule
without Inlerlr!rcncr Snr 1110 IhI(~s~ll~f:
r ~ f1\11 innnltlnd.
We happily Ionk forward to 1975 and Its grand worlc,
and the prospect of gnlhuring I n ~ cher
t
s1g1 more of
those who love Jehaval~ and wlrn ore s l ~ b i n g and
crying because of the ttbominstlons that rxlst In all
the land.
As we remain In Jehovah's splrltual aradise. working wiih him, it will be a j o for all o?us to continue
reading this book da by
feasting on the texts
and comments p m v i ~ d eThis
d . will be strengthening
to us, as we walk In the fnot~lcpa of Chrlsl Jesus.
Be courageous! Show faith? And logethcr let us ''brace
up our minds for ncilvjty" rind inove aheacl in the
grand service of Jehovah, the only true God.-l Pct.
1:13.

&,

Be assured of my warm love and best wishes, and


may Jehovah's rich hlcssing bc upon all of you as we
move forward in unity!
Your brother and SelIow servrtfit,

ma&

Watch Tower Rlble and Tract Sodety


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261
the ri~hteousruns and is given protectIon.'~Prov.
18:IO) A righteous man is a wise man, for he
loves Jehovah's Word. If we stay in God's stronghold we stay there because we want t o live,
and with life we can praise Jehovah continually,
Jehovah's witnesses urant only t o do Jehovah's
will, and that they do with a sense of security,
saying: "Because you said: 'Jehovah is my refuge,' you have made the Most I-Tigh himself your
dwelling; no calamity wiH befall YOU, and not
even a plague will draw near to your tent."
-Pa, 91:9, 10.
Is It not wonderful to know that you can make
the Most Iifgh God "your dwelling," and thnt you
can continue to proclaim thnt to others? You can,
because of your dedication to do Jchovnh'~will,

YEARTEXTFOR 1975
'CI wit1 m y to JehxmJk.. Tm me my r ~ f ~ and
t ~ e
my s t ~ g h o h i , '
' '-PR, 9I:2,
Mow often as a Christian do you say that to
Jehovah? RealIy, we should have this in our minds
all the time because we know that ~ v eare in the
wiclc~dworld, but not part of it. So rve live in
Satan's world and, being there, we surely need a
place of refuge.
Refuge means a place of shelter or protectiorr
from dnnger or t-rouble, and tllc uocl of this world
Sotnn thc Devil has brought only trouble to this
world since he started the trouble jn the Garden
of Eden. Job's critic Eliphaz said: "For man himself is born for trouble." (Job 5 : 7 ) However, to
his faithful followers, Jesus said: "Do not let
your hearts ke troubled. Exerdse faith In God,
cxercisc faith also in me." (John 14:l) So a wise
person will say to Jehovah: "You are my refuge
and my stronghold." He M11 seek protection from
dnnger by exercising "faith in God."
A Christian will want and must have spiritual
security, and this he can get by studyfng God's
WOK? ~ 4 t hGod's people. Jehovah has brought
his people into the spiritual paradise sInce 1919
nnd has, In a wonderful way, cared for them.
That does not mean, though, that no trouble or
danger comes to them; it does. Eut when it doea
they understand why, and God's Word shows
them the way out-I Cor. 1O:IJ; 2 Cor, 4:8, 8.
We can be sure, if we stay close to Jehovah's
organfzatlon, a u d y his Word and live by It, that
we, along with God's n m e people, Jehovah's
witnesses, wiU find refuge in Jehovah because
"the name of Jehovah is a strong tower, Into it
280

and by your doing i t you nre onc of ,Tchovnh's


witnesses. Jesus said that n11 of hls clisciplcs
should preach and teach. This wc happjly do to
help others to gain the spiritual security provided
by God. By your preaching the good news of His
ltingdorn, continue to let mankind know where
they cnn dwell so as to make Jehovah their refuge

and stronghold.

DAILY TEXTS AND COMMENTS

At the beginning of each month there 19 a theme


lor the month with a Bible text that will be consldered
at service meetings in the congregations of Jehovah's
wltncuses. Following these themes for t h e months there

I
I

Is n tcxt for each day and a comment on that tcxt.


The comments are taken from The T~'cctchtoz~+cr
tW)
of the year 1974. Figures follawXng the date of the
Watchtottic3r issue refer t o paragraphs In the flrst study
artlcIe, where further comment on t t ~ etext may be
found, When "a" follows the para~raphnumber, commcnt i~found in the second study article; when "b"
is shown, it refers to the third stutly article.

Proving Our Fdth ta Be kllve by WorkR,


--Jim,

WdlwdlayT &mary l
Bclora there c m upm you
the nay of Jehoxah'9 m p e r ,
seek Jrhocah, all y m meek
one# of tlre earth, .
Seek

..

righteousness.-Zeph. 2 3 , 3.
A tlinc or acco11nttng draws
nefrr for 1111 mnrlkind. It is
s time when divine judgment
wlll be executed against the
wlckari also a tirne of deliverR ~ I C C lor the righteous. A l l
perwnfi then nllve will be
cnllcrl ta nccount for the way
b t ~ r y hnvc ~ t w d their lives,
whcqt,har with .selRsh disregmd
for t,ht! w111 of Gud nnd the
wcltnrt* or their fellownen or
nlth loving ahedtence ta God
and vnselflsh conccrn f- fellow humnus. Remuse it, w i l l
hc a time of settlnlg accounts
on tht pnrl. of the true God,
the c n r n l n ~time period is referred to in the Bible as the
"rlny of Jehovah." It deserres
our serio~rs concern. If we
aro ke~pinr: It clom in m i ~ ~
wo wlll ha seeking Jehovah
UIIU xlglikouan~s.W 1/15 I, 2

2:WB.
ndvoc8tlng thm ta others,
Xvhat Jesus t~ruuht Mrr 111~c1p1cs nnd wlmt hnu bcrm
pnwed on to 1111 Chrtstinno
dolm through tile centurlea
by rneatls of the Word of
God constltutc~ t n l e Cllristlnn fu11,11. 111 the cnrly d w 8
of Cllrlsllanlt.y, when JL'SI~R'
dlsclples hprrkc ai l,hIngs ttmt
he hari tnutsllt thorn. mnrig
believed ant1 ucq~itred ttrl*
" n s s ~ ~ r caxpectatlon"
d
nnd thin
"cvldcnt dcmonatrallol~ of rcaXltie~."W 1 / I 1 , a

Frlldnyn dnnnnry l

Train 74p u boy uccodlng to


the ruay for ?rim; r ~ * o nwhen
he gtozr.8 old Ire tout not Iatn
m:dc from Il.-Prm. 22:G.
Mnke no mlabke about
it. Chlldren usu~lly can he
trained to be whnt tholr parents wnnt them to bc. Rcseal-cIicrs 111 cF~ilrl tleve10~1men t b R V e learn~dthu l mcmt
d
of a cblld's pc~sonallly hna
been estnMlul~ci1 Ilclnm ho
enter8 school n11d tlmt mch
personellty
trikl(,a two not
X h n d ~ y ,Janunry 2
tberenil~r eany l o filter. Tho
Falth fa the assured mpec- Creator of man, In hla Wortl,
Lnt!on 01 t?Lings h m d for, mnkcz thl8 polnt. Pllrldnrnrrltlrc eatdent dernonstratiun of t n l prlnrl~lea povernlng conreal!tfcs though not beheld.
d ? i c t 1nculaltecl r111rlt11: chlld-1Ie6. 11 : I .
l~uot!11~1rn1Ivnrc not, fornotten
When we xpwk Of faith eve!r HIOI:K~onc rnk)lt Icnlthwk ot one's belief in pornrlly turn nsldc lo I T T . I . ~ I , ~ ~ ad. PRul, in rnitlng to the doing hec~ruseuf lrngrrfccllnll.
Hchrew ChrlsMans, described
his t h o u r h t Is Incori?or~~lrd
Inlth, An nss~rred expectation in Jesus' 111URtratlon 'nf ille
hnx aomethinl: bucking it up. prodigal Ron 1~1lor:qr~nndcrctl
11 conveys the idea that this
hlx Inlinrltnnca by Icnrllnn ri
rspectntlon 1s guaranteed, t h ~ t debaitcllcd life. What bml~pht
tl~crswlll be a future posses- him lmck? For ono thlnr, ha
slo!~.Borne suggesl tlial faith rememhcred hi8 fnlllrr. 310
1s Ilke n titre decd of things
snicl: "1 rvlll vise nnd Jrlllrncp
hoped for. Faith can aIso Into my Itlthcr and :my to him:
volvc fltlelity to one's promises 'Father, I l i n v ~slnricd ngaftlst
or n l l ~ i ~ l n n c eto duty. One heaveu nntl aRnin~t yo11 * ''
who hns inlth in God and in
(Luke 15 18) YFS,r i ~ h ttmlnIlls Son would want to show
ing during childhood is a ~rtnloyalty, nctlng in full har- ~ o factor
r
In stinping n chlId"~
mony ~ 5 t hCiod*s ways and Iile. W 2 / l '5

'

Satmilay, January 4
Clothe yoursel~ealnfth tlur nsta
peraonaEitg, urlafctt iltror~ghacelcrate Rmlrledge fs lrefltlf
vrade nett rrccnrdlnp to ili'
fmcge of tk Oar ~ s l mcreated
it.--Cot. 3:IO.
Whether you live alone Or
are part of B i~niily,whether
you have attained Chl'l~tlnn
maturity m are w o r k l l l ~ COward that goal, advauccmcnC
~ h o u l d be appnrcul In tlle
spirit or dominant, Iorce t h n t
motivates you to [lo . J E ? ~ I o Y ~ L ~ I ' R
w ~ l l .Others abould be 1~bb1Lo
we that adherenre to C:od'fl
Word has mxde you R llctkr
man or woman, a better I%I To
and mother. n belter 1111~lbluld
and fnther, a brttcr son or
daughter. A CWlstlnn homo
shonld be one where hnppiness, pence and lovc. ~ ' I I I P P
than quarreling and shoullnr!,
prevail. It should h alcLnt,
clean and well kcpt.
thnt
true of your home? Witt~out
practical evidence of a p i r l t ~ l n l
growth in the llves aT l.hrlr:r!
who are God's nrrvarlls, nur
preaching meanu very EltClr.
Our religion, our wmahip, I#
judged largely by Ihc rcsulls
it produces in us rind In our
daily Ilves. Do you manlttqst
the new Christlik gersounlity? W 2/15 208

wmM imitata Jehorah Wd


in thlsl Thera would be no
wlckrd cot~cluct--no steaHw,
no fl~l~ttna,
~m Immornllty, no

It!trtlriE of others. Rnlher, all


notlErl ttent their ifi!uws with
Iovr, lor thnZ 1s thr example
RPL 1)3 CfMI, For us to qualify
t o llvn in Jrllovah's n e w spst,rm of tliln~r:where everyone
u~H1 be ImlLatin~ God, it fs
vllal tlmt rve naru become
imlt~tura of Gad. Thls reqrlire~ rc pcrsonnl effort nn
our pnrt kcelling mnrate
from this wurIrlla politics
nnrl ui~rl#htra~~s
ways, for
wr Must Aerve us urnbfissn(lorn or envoys of 0 4 ' s government, W .'#/I 13-18

Monday, Jannsry &


T a b mp dfacipllne and smt
aitvrr, and knotcledge rathw
f hnn choice ffo1rl.-Prw. 8:10.

Tt would he wrong to umelurlo frown M n t l h ~ wS:45 t,hnt


Clod IHZ)IPRIIIIIR t h wlrked
~
IU
tljr unmikWRY ti~nl,he Is bless-

ing Iht: 1.1~11h0t1~1lp


inclined.
W F rdlrlul~l nrvm let nnyona
nilul~nrlu ! ~iril o l,hlnlctug Lhnt
wo will hnve !os# because of
fr~llowln~
l.hn Wnrd of Oocl. h

rcml C'h~~IRlinll14 more bl~sflcd


and i~ tnr rlrl~sr blinu all
O L Z ~ ~ PIt
S 111 true that we may
not 11nvc fig mntly acres of
Irtnd ~ 'r ni l l ~ hn1011q, as fine
n c&, or n.s hlc n home, y e t
Sunday, lm5
As belwed chfidren,
go #I Chrlvtlnnff l l n v ~ a plft that
Gml llna rtxrrucd rw hls peowalking in low.-Eph. S:I, 2.
h rfind llldrlcn Irom othem.
Does not a son b d to act ~
like his f~ther?So it should All tlic power mcl wmlth of
t
h
l ~u4ckrd system of thlngfi
be with us, for we rra urscd
l
~ l f t .The ahas above. But how can rvc cnnnot ~ c tllla
show that, ns beloved chll- volute pnwor of a dictator
dren, we are imitating the cnn~iot ret it, Tlle influence
true God Jehovah, and 11oC nT R Wne or president rannot
m y fake gods? Tho prl~roiprtl p,et It. All the gold and silver
wag is by "walking 111 lorn," af the rich cnnnoi, buy it. Thi5
for Gcd fa the very pcrmnlfl- ~ l f tthnt Johovnh God haa
cation of love. W e prove that ~ l v e n11s ia I n r more valuable
we me worshlgcra or hlm hg thnn gold and diver. What is
imltrrting his lovtng q~tniltles. it7 It Is en nccitrnte h o w l Just m
e how desllnblc I t ctlge ot Qotl'a Word a d purmould be if everyone on cnrlll pow! W 3 / 1 5 2.

.. .

Proving Our Fdth ta Be kllve by WorkR,


--Jim,

WdlwdlayT &mary l
Bclora there c m upm you
the nay of Jehoxah'9 m p e r ,
seek Jrhocah, all y m meek
one# of tlre earth, .
Seek

..

righteousness.-Zeph. 2 3 , 3.
A tlinc or acco11nttng draws
nefrr for 1111 mnrlkind. It is
s time when divine judgment
wlll be executed against the
wlckari also a tirne of deliverR ~ I C C lor the righteous. A l l
perwnfi then nllve will be
cnllcrl ta nccount for the way
b t ~ r y hnvc ~ t w d their lives,
whcqt,har with .selRsh disregmd
for t,ht! w111 of Gud nnd the
wcltnrt* or their fellownen or
nlth loving ahedtence ta God
and vnselflsh conccrn f- fellow humnus. Remuse it, w i l l
hc a time of settlnlg accounts
on tht pnrl. of the true God,
the c n r n l n ~time period is referred to in the Bible as the
"rlny of Jehovah." It deserres
our serio~rs concern. If we
aro ke~pinr: It clom in m i ~ ~
wo wlll ha seeking Jehovah
UIIU xlglikouan~s.W 1/15 I, 2

2:WB.
ndvoc8tlng thm ta others,
Xvhat Jesus t~ruuht Mrr 111~c1p1cs nnd wlmt hnu bcrm
pnwed on to 1111 Chrtstinno
dolm through tile centurlea
by rneatls of the Word of
God constltutc~ t n l e Cllristlnn fu11,11. 111 the cnrly d w 8
of Cllrlsllanlt.y, when JL'SI~R'
dlsclples hprrkc ai l,hIngs ttmt
he hari tnutsllt thorn. mnrig
believed ant1 ucq~itred ttrl*
" n s s ~ ~ r caxpectatlon"
d
nnd thin
"cvldcnt dcmonatrallol~ of rcaXltie~."W 1 / I 1 , a

Frlldnyn dnnnnry l

Train 74p u boy uccodlng to


the ruay for ?rim; r ~ * o nwhen
he gtozr.8 old Ire tout not Iatn
m:dc from Il.-Prm. 22:G.
Mnke no mlabke about
it. Chlldren usu~lly can he
trained to be whnt tholr parents wnnt them to bc. Rcseal-cIicrs 111 cF~ilrl tleve10~1men t b R V e learn~dthu l mcmt
d
of a cblld's pc~sonallly hna
been estnMlul~ci1 Ilclnm ho
enter8 school n11d tlmt mch
personellty
trikl(,a two not
X h n d ~ y ,Janunry 2
tberenil~r eany l o filter. Tho
Falth fa the assured mpec- Creator of man, In hla Wortl,
Lnt!on 01 t?Lings h m d for, mnkcz thl8 polnt. Pllrldnrnrrltlrc eatdent dernonstratiun of t n l prlnrl~lea povernlng conreal!tfcs though not beheld.
d ? i c t 1nculaltecl r111rlt11: chlld-1Ie6. 11 : I .
l~uot!11~1rn1Ivnrc not, fornotten
When we xpwk Of faith eve!r HIOI:K~onc rnk)lt Icnlthwk ot one's belief in pornrlly turn nsldc lo I T T . I . ~ I , ~ ~ ad. PRul, in rnitlng to the doing hec~ruseuf lrngrrfccllnll.
Hchrew ChrlsMans, described
his t h o u r h t Is Incori?or~~lrd
Inlth, An nss~rred expectation in Jesus' 111URtratlon 'nf ille
hnx aomethinl: bucking it up. prodigal Ron 1~1lor:qr~nndcrctl
11 conveys the idea that this
hlx Inlinrltnnca by Icnrllnn ri
rspectntlon 1s guaranteed, t h ~ t debaitcllcd life. What bml~pht
tl~crswlll be a future posses- him lmck? For ono thlnr, ha
slo!~.Borne suggesl tlial faith rememhcred hi8 fnlllrr. 310
1s Ilke n titre decd of things
snicl: "1 rvlll vise nnd Jrlllrncp
hoped for. Faith can aIso Into my Itlthcr and :my to him:
volvc fltlelity to one's promises 'Father, I l i n v ~slnricd ngaftlst
or n l l ~ i ~ l n n c eto duty. One heaveu nntl aRnin~t yo11 * ''
who hns inlth in God and in
(Luke 15 18) YFS,r i ~ h ttmlnIlls Son would want to show
ing during childhood is a ~rtnloyalty, nctlng in full har- ~ o factor
r
In stinping n chlId"~
mony ~ 5 t hCiod*s ways and Iile. W 2 / l '5

'

Satmilay, January 4
Clothe yoursel~ealnfth tlur nsta
peraonaEitg, urlafctt iltror~ghacelcrate Rmlrledge fs lrefltlf
vrade nett rrccnrdlnp to ili'
fmcge of tk Oar ~ s l mcreated
it.--Cot. 3:IO.
Whether you live alone Or
are part of B i~niily,whether
you have attained Chl'l~tlnn
maturity m are w o r k l l l ~ COward that goal, advauccmcnC
~ h o u l d be appnrcul In tlle
spirit or dominant, Iorce t h n t
motivates you to [lo . J E ? ~ I o Y ~ L ~ I ' R
w ~ l l .Others abould be 1~bb1Lo
we that adherenre to C:od'fl
Word has mxde you R llctkr
man or woman, a better I%I To
and mother. n belter 1111~lbluld
and fnther, a brttcr son or
daughter. A CWlstlnn homo
shonld be one where hnppiness, pence and lovc. ~ ' I I I P P
than quarreling and shoullnr!,
prevail. It should h alcLnt,
clean and well kcpt.
thnt
true of your home? Witt~out
practical evidence of a p i r l t ~ l n l
growth in the llves aT l.hrlr:r!
who are God's nrrvarlls, nur
preaching meanu very EltClr.
Our religion, our wmahip, I#
judged largely by Ihc rcsulls
it produces in us rind In our
daily Ilves. Do you manlttqst
the new Christlik gersounlity? W 2/15 208

wmM imitata Jehorah Wd


in thlsl Thera would be no
wlckrd cot~cluct--no steaHw,
no fl~l~ttna,
~m Immornllty, no

It!trtlriE of others. Rnlher, all


notlErl ttent their ifi!uws with
Iovr, lor thnZ 1s thr example
RPL 1)3 CfMI, For us to qualify
t o llvn in Jrllovah's n e w spst,rm of tliln~r:where everyone
u~H1 be ImlLatin~ God, it fs
vllal tlmt rve naru become
imlt~tura of Gad. Thls reqrlire~ rc pcrsonnl effort nn
our pnrt kcelling mnrate
from this wurIrlla politics
nnrl ui~rl#htra~~s
ways, for
wr Must Aerve us urnbfissn(lorn or envoys of 0 4 ' s government, W .'#/I 13-18

Monday, Jannsry &


T a b mp dfacipllne and smt
aitvrr, and knotcledge rathw
f hnn choice ffo1rl.-Prw. 8:10.

Tt would he wrong to umelurlo frown M n t l h ~ wS:45 t,hnt


Clod IHZ)IPRIIIIIR t h wlrked
~
IU
tljr unmikWRY ti~nl,he Is bless-

ing Iht: 1.1~11h0t1~1lp


inclined.
W F rdlrlul~l nrvm let nnyona
nilul~nrlu ! ~iril o l,hlnlctug Lhnt
wo will hnve !os# because of
fr~llowln~
l.hn Wnrd of Oocl. h

rcml C'h~~IRlinll14 more bl~sflcd


and i~ tnr rlrl~sr blinu all
O L Z ~ ~ PIt
S 111 true that we may
not 11nvc fig mntly acres of
Irtnd ~ 'r ni l l ~ hn1011q, as fine
n c&, or n.s hlc n home, y e t
Sunday, lm5
As belwed chfidren,
go #I Chrlvtlnnff l l n v ~ a plft that
Gml llna rtxrrucd rw hls peowalking in low.-Eph. S:I, 2.
h rfind llldrlcn Irom othem.
Does not a son b d to act ~
like his f~ther?So it should All tlic power mcl wmlth of
t
h
l ~u4ckrd system of thlngfi
be with us, for we rra urscd
l
~ l f t .The ahas above. But how can rvc cnnnot ~ c tllla
show that, ns beloved chll- volute pnwor of a dictator
dren, we are imitating the cnn~iot ret it, Tlle influence
true God Jehovah, and 11oC nT R Wne or president rannot
m y fake gods? Tho prl~roiprtl p,et It. All the gold and silver
wag is by "walking 111 lorn," af the rich cnnnoi, buy it. Thi5
for Gcd fa the very pcrmnlfl- ~ l f tthnt Johovnh God haa
cation of love. W e prove that ~ l v e n11s ia I n r more valuable
we me worshlgcra or hlm hg thnn gold and diver. What is
imltrrting his lovtng q~tniltles. it7 It Is en nccitrnte h o w l Just m
e how desllnblc I t ctlge ot Qotl'a Word a d purmould be if everyone on cnrlll pow! W 3 / 1 5 2.

.. .

Tuas8sy, January 7
I ~ws
not able lo speak 20 you
as to ap[rit?~nlmen, but as t o
fleshly m m , as to babm in
chri.rr.-I cur. a:~.
T h e Bible e enks very faw
n o i~ t i o~x who are
cnllrcl "splritu~1" persons. On
tho other hand. it; does not
mcnllon will1 meril those deRcrlbacl trfi "fleshly." To ap~ l ~ c r l n tivhal
e
~t means to be
a spll.htuaI person, it is helpful
to undcrstnnd the oppasite

term, "llcshTy," as used by


Paul. What does behg "fleshIY" menti? X C means to hn
tlornluntct2 hy the flesh, that
1:;, tu hnvc ell cnrlhIy, worEc1ly Vlorv[lr~ltlt.911~11
thinking 1s
tllnl l~lr In~porfccl,foIIen men;
l,hlkL I:r what 1111s snturaterl
thin Wholo :;gsktn. Fleshly men
jurlge "by I~rlrnsnstandards."
a 1 Cor. 9:81 But, more IF-port:~nLlp. whnt does !t mean to
bc '?:;plrltunl~tr~n''?
It means
to thlnlc llke God, r ! ~ o s e
thoughts dm elevated c3ox.e
those o l ninn, This thinking
~ b H l t y comra to those m-110
1IHt~t1 to God's spokesmen,
pnrlloUlrarIy ,lesLls Christ, 'the
one who 11n~explained Jehovl~h.' 111 the apostlee of Jesus
L'hrlat we lir~vc sn excellrnt rxnmpla of lmrv one mn
brcornc triily ~plrltt1n1.-4oim
l:lt?. \Y d t l l* 3 , 4

Wdno~cfnf, Jlrnnery 8
Thrv me, ith f a d . emresalons
inspired b2, dcnlons and perfrrri~r s ! n i ~ a ,and they go jorth
to tkt. krngs of the eatwe
itcttabitrd enpth, to gatlrw
rlrcrn twvcthcr' to the war 01
ihr: Urclrt dog oj God thc
A h ~ ~ i ( r V ~ i y . - R c16:14.
~.

When we see who it Is tbnt


are on the move toward EmMng~don,rve can discern what
t i l o Irrque Is. According to the
nhuve, tho present political
riller~ are by no means in
frivol* of a ~~eaccful
change.
Thoy Insist 011 making ft necm n l - y for the "wnr of the

reat dap of OM" ta k fought


&tliese
the flnlsh. And behind
rulers arc mallcions

forces supa:rlor 20 mnn. Conscquently, the war must be


!ou::t~t, Wo cngerly look for~varrl to tlic change ror all
the inhabited enrlh t h a t will
follow ttmt lulitorsal wnr,
l'lloro in IIU ncull-nl 11aaltiot1.
Rlellt ractlon is nrcessary
before thn1 WRY breaks out
111 ordm lo finrl ourarlves on
the vlctororlous aldc n t RmM~gedon. Only by our being
wholehcortctlly on Cod'e side
cnn wc hope to nufvtve to sro
the c l ~ n n ~ ctho
? enttll needs.
TV 4/15 3.26-57

Tllursdny, January O
I t on j t o ~ il~i p 8 fa t l ~ acor. essfon, 'Jesrra f~ Lord', an$ la
VOUT hear1 tlrc j n i t l ~ that Gorl
iziserl )link ram the (?cad,
then y o r h l o i d f i ~ dtalvtztion.
-Ron!. 11)::).New E t ~ g l l ~ h

Blblc.
T h e "wortl" or rneamge that
"Jesus 18 Lord" ia belng prottalrned to nll the rintlons.
The wort1 is nenr you: it is
upnu your llps and I n your
benrt." IP thc "word" rcolly
rcts down into n person's
heart 110 wll1 bcllevo. Ro will
havo inlth In Jesus Christ a s
Lord Rntt ns Win one through
wlmm Ood TvIII cnrry OI3t nII
tEls g t ~ n c lpromlfirs. In ordw
.o hnvr? ~ t t c h fnlltl wa must
iuvc ktio!vlcdRc -llret of all,
mo~vlctlgr~
u l Uocl 1~t1dknowl:dm 1)1 what ho IinB done.
God hlmnall rnlxcd dcnus from
the dcnd. Bometjnles it la ncc?Mary lo Impress upon even
,hose who rlnil~i to he dcdl:nted ta Oorl tlie al~nlflcnnee
~f tlieac iundninental trv!ha.
? ~ u l w e p r o r l n i t n t n ~ the
pord of Inlth " JVhnt wna that
aith based en7 Theye were
,no very rltflnlte t l l l n ~ sLtmt
I?aul ht~d Irl ~ n h d ,nnd so
muvt wwn 1,000 yonrs Inter.
Thom two thlnuc nrrj Sosus' lai'lt~hip~ i i d1'c.wrrectlon.
W 1/1 8

we r t e e 1 ~ 8 not
,

t h e apivit of
t b ~ r r l d but
, the sptrft which
ts Iron1 God.-I Cor. 2:1Z.
1; contrnst to worldly
ouths the GhrfstIsn youth
has thb hope of living forever
In Ood'a 11ew order 01 r~ght n o t ~ s n w . .He Is not terrifled
nt tZin thou~btnI being thirty
ychr.5 olrl l Why shortld. hc be7
llc llnx the hone of nn eternity
of tlmo nhcnd of him, W he
nlreys Ilia c r m t o r now and
contitlucx to cio so. hforeover,
hs cnn mu the hypccrisy of
bile rnatcrlnllhtlo way Of Ufe
tllxt the ntlulta of this wo~ld
tlrlve rrented lor themselves.
ntlt R Chrl~tlnn must dram
tllIYersnt conclusions than do
thr! yout11n of the world. He
knows tlsnt mnny persons have
"ntnlrlred IhemWlvea alJ over
u~ltll lnnnp pslns" by loving
rnnncy R I l r l the things it !rill
btty. ( 1 Tkm. 6-10) IEe abhors
vlnlence, ntfd he shows it by
ut~aellhhlycloln~good t o 0thera, cvon lbvtng hls enemlea,
ntlcl not by srlflsh gmtiflcnCton of h l own
~
sennunl nppetiLcs. So f(1r Chriirtl~lyouths
there wlll be n grand tor no^row it Lhgr Wold the spirit of
ti111u~wlrl and ita generation
RRPE
W 511 14, 15

S ~ t u r b y ,Yannsrgr XI
Hrrulng o tmdm aflediole fw
voir, rue tcere ~ae?lp l e ~ g e d to
$7nptarl to rou, not only the
t ~ o dtrswa aJ G o d , but also

ottr o ~ a nsolrla, became yojs


becanse helmed t o 11s.
-1 the^$. 2:s.
The grinclplr: of communi&,Ion nppllc:; not only to the
mntltal rtlntionship but a h
to rclstlo~rships between elders
nnrl otf~cra in the conlgregatloes. Ti\ouP11 plders have a

spaclat resnanslbf~ty,carrying
with it R certalt~ degree of
n~rliiorlky,the Kenera1 attitude
ILHIImnnner of cnmmunication
should Iw by wny of inviting
cooperation, rathm than giv-

ing d m . m helpbig wrmsone wlth a nmhlem. mch as


mny bc cncrninteresl when wltnesstna In ccrtnln tcrrltwles.
rather thnn )ri.sl ~ n y l n gwhnt

bo done, I t la i n r better
to sny: "1.A ua na ant1 tnckle
thlfi 'pmblcm to~cthnr." Tho
warm spirit at unt:clllah and
lov111 drrollon slioulrl be conveyex not "lily 111 what we
say, bul by our tone of eolco
und coz~rhcat nclJ011. fYIl~ta
fine cxa!ri]llc or r i f.?wrlreletionahip I m d l n ~to ROW! commtmlcntlo~rin bolh word and
deed the npostIc Pnul gives In
thc sllove! W 5 / 1 5 0
mUbE

Sunday, J a n u q 18
Ever71 wcsv of a man fa 11
right In his m u f r cltea, bar
Jchocah Is ncaklnrr a%
cstirnatc ol Ireart'te,

-Prm. 21 : Z .
of proelaiming
the Ifooul ncm ol Eho Kingdom In onn ol tho !uost lmportnrit workn that has ever
hecn donrh on rrrrth. Why?
Ucenuscr I E in the touchatone
I,y wEllch mnnklrld 1~ jud~cd.
Accelll~rtice rli nrld u1,cdlence
to l l l c ROO^ new0 1'@n1111In snlThe work

vatlon; rcjecClon nlld diso'mdlence meon destl'uctlon. POT


example, n pcrsnn may bc v~i-g
sellglous. Hc mny nppenr to
hnvr! a Rnc personnl!ty, to be
gencroail. 11uninnltnrlnn. But
h ~ srenctfon tn tho K C I O ~n e w
revert!# whether hc ts rcally n
friend of Clod. For a n d knows
the heart8 al mnn. A Ghrlstlall
must. hnvc n ilne >ar~onnllty,
but rcrrrkrdlc~sor tjlni, or rqny
ot11cr cli~rrnrtcrl~tlc,
II ho dncs
not have lovo fol. Ctocl nnrl lor
hls I~llowmnn. lie Is nollling.
Bnve y o u accellEerl thc good
news? Are YOU obedient tO ~ t ?
Do yoti desire to tcll it t3
others? It In ncccwary for you
to proclaim the g o d n e w in
order to bn obcdlsnt to it. By
doing 60 ydtt rcvcnl thnE you
have tbe risht klnd of heart.
w 811 1-ah

Mondsjr, Jamasp 18

..

You are slaves of him , poa


obey
e i f l m of sin mzth
deafla tle view OP of obe&&nce
wzth rfghteollsness in v k w .

. ..

-Ram. 6:16.
Though the redemptive prfce
m s paia for &I, not all wlll
fully receive its benest~.W h y
not? It is only those with an
approved slandlng before the

Creator who gain the full beneflflls of the ransom provision


-permanent release from sin,
Bickness, old nge and death.
While all we invited to gain
that approved standhg, not
o;U wsnt to act In harmony
with the fact thnt a ranso!n
or redemptive pricc hns been
paid on their behalf. They do
not want to acknomlecl~ethat
they have been bought and
that Jehovah God and Jesus
Cllrist are their rightful Owners or Masters, deserving of
full obedience. All who persist
in disobedipnce or who later
renounce Jehovah God and
Jesus ChrIst as their Owners
lose out on the benefits of the
ransom. Web. 10:26, 27) So
the question before all humans is, Whom do I want
to serve voluntarily-4n wfth
dcalh In view. or Ood and
Christ w ~ t h ill* tn view?
-1 Tfm, 2:5, 6. W 6/15 7-9

Tuesday, January 14
All of you gird yourselves with

. . . became
God gff~asesthe haughtg ones,
bwZiness of min#

Dut he @ves ~malescruedkiadnes3 t o the humble oms.

Pet. 5:5.
We prefer to msodate with
persons who are humble, modest, meek, unassuming. In
fact, the qualities of humility
and lowliness of mind are
quaties that aU Christians
are encouraged to develop. On
one occasion Jesus h e w that
Ma disciples had been arguing
among themselves as to who
was greater, nnd he told
-1

them: "If
m k to be
fir& he must be Inat oi all

mumday, January 18
I f you public2~ declare
that Jesus is Lord, and e m
cise jnith in pour heart that
G o d raised hfm xp frOm the
&a& yofr will be save&

cepted chllqke persona on


the bmis of Ius name it would
be the same as accepting him
as well as hts Father, Jehovah
God. Ba he certainly enwuraged his disefples to be lowly
of mind. Years later, Peter
munseled in the same manner. Thus, not only do we And
lowIIness of mind a denlrable
quality, but m does Yehovnh,
mld he rewards it Mth thdeserved kindness. W 7/1 1

The disciples that walked


with J w s C b r b t nineteen
centuries ago had a mmvelous opportunity ta acquire
strong faith hecause they really walked with the Son of

and minister of 811.- [ w k


0 : 3 3 3 7 > Then he went on to
show that there was no room
for a man to be high-minded,
pointing out that if they ac-

Wea3naSttay, Zanuary 15
Thuse knowing now name &El
trwt in poa, for yo= will certainly not leave tlmse looking
for uou, 0 Jehovah.-Ps. 9:IU.
The nation of Isrnel was
rejected on account of their
lack of knowledge, and God
feels the same today about
those who reject; knowledge of
fjh.The time is near when
he brings vengeance upon
those who do n o t know God."
(2 Thess. 1:8) One's actions
reveal how well one h o w
God. (1 John 213, 4) For one
to M o w Jehovah Gocl means
to be obedient to his will. A n
occurate knowledgo of G o d is
also characterizcd by complete
confidence h I l h , 8s the
psalmist David seid. Those
wlio lulow Jehwnh's name,
that is, his eharacteristfcs and
reputation, will not believe lles
trhout; their heavenly Fnther.
Lf he does or says something
they do not readilv unnderstand, they will not impute
bad motlves to him. They
know there is a good reason
ror all that he does even if
:hey rto not understam8 It p;t
:he time. And if he @ems a
littte slow to us, surely there
s a good exphs;tlon.-2 Pet.
3:9,

W 7/15

8-6

...

-ROrn. 10:9.

God. T h e y heard llim speak


while he was here upon the
earth as a human creature
and after his resurrection too.
When Jesus U e d : "Who do
you say I am?" they could
answer wfbh conviction that
he was the Messiah, the Son
of God. Peter on the day of
~entecost, m b e ~tclear that
"God made hun both Lord
and Chrmt, thrs Seslls whom
you impaled." (Acts 2:36) As
they did, so Chrlstlans riaht
down t o this day make confession with their lip8 that Jesus is Lord. 11 we w e true
Christians, this ia more than
an oral expression. howevw.
We ~vF11 demonstrate our subrnrgsion to Chrlst as Lord by
doing the mll of Jesus' Fnther. And we must believe
something else too; and t-hat
Is that God raised Jesus from
the dead. W 1 / 1 7, 8

Friday, Januarg 17
not hoping fop
anptxng back; and your mward will be great, and yna
40 g o d

...

a i l 2 be sons of the Most High,


because h e I s kin8 tozuarcl the
anthankful.-Lwke 6:3$.
h e you widening out In expressing love for fellow humans? Are you making progress in being complete in your
love? Thig involves more than
bein$ klnd and generous to
people who are favorably incllned toward you. Consider
how Jehovah God has been
klnd to th0 unthankful and

wlcked. They benefit from the

ayclee that he has put h t ~ ~


operation h make life on
earth possible. He does not
deprlve them of the things
vital to their existence-air,
slrnshine and rah. But why
hns Cfod been kind and loving
even- to those hnvlng no ap=
predation for his gifts? He
hes done this to pive them
opportudty to change, In fact,
he has gone far beyond allowing them the necmsitles of
life, even making provision for
them to be freed from sin and
deatli at great cost to himself. (John 3:16) In your relationship with others, do you
reflect God's attitude toward
hurnrtnldud? W 2/15 1, 3 , 4, 'lb

SatnrdayI January 18
The jorna of worship that ZP
clean ad nsndefled
is
t o Zook after orphans and
widoms in their trlbulatlon.
J a s , 1:27.
One way to i d e n w true
Christians today is to note
their care for bereaved onea.

. . . . ..

Is it possible for n boy today


to have a father and still, in
a sense, be a fatherless boy?
'r'hls could be b e e . s f a boy
finds he needs to go alone
to Christian meetings, thouph
his father really could be wih
him, then the boy is fatherless on at least that occasion.
~ f to
, receive any t r d n h g at
n l l in the Christian field service, the boy must look to
someone else, then he h fatherless In that area of h!s
life. The same is true In other
ways. But what a fine thing
it Is when the Christian bther
shoulders hls raponsibiHties:
taking the lead in farnfly Rlble study, providing recreation,
makm himself available for
consultation when problem
arlse, and personally giving
training in wring for respansibilities around the home xo
as to lay a good foundation
for shouldering respondbllftiea
Inter !n We! W 2 / 1 9, 10

Sunday, January 19
Quit mixltr in m p a n y laWL
aavons calf& Q brother that
i s cs lornicator or a greedy
psrxdn
oradsmkord..
i:ot e0kn fatinu ciEh srrctt a
nran.-l Cor. 5:11.
Jehavnh is a God of love, a
mrcilul God. All his mangemrnts nre for the good of tho=
lovillg rl~hteousness:they nevcs have a hximful purpose.
11s Is also R God of righteousncsn: 118 does nut condone
wrotlgdoing, There is, bowcvcr no disharmony among
the& dlvins qualities. Genuine
love, in fnct, requlres a iolding to, nnd ~ t l111~lstin&on,
rlf:htcoi1811rsa. Thus, among
ttin nrrnngements found kr
God's W O I ~is ttmt of dtsIe:lowshiplng, thnt h, remov1t1~
or expcl:ing from the con~rugatlonrersons who, though
clmrnlilg t o l
x ChrlsMsns, en~ o it1
~ cfierlous wrongdoing
and who Inil io show a g e m lncly repentant attitude. 'XneIr
llciiq put out is for the good
of the cangregotian. t o maintt~lnIts purity nnd to protect
LA members, loved by God,
from cunlnnlination through

...

such a lptlvcnlng influence as


tllc wrongdoers represent. For
thls reawn. the npostle Paul
Inatxuctrd aa above. W 8 / l 1-3

M a m y , danrrary ItO
De not let ywrr adornment be

Shut of the exterxul braidifag


ot the harr and of t h e puttitrg
oa oj pold ornaments or the
wearing of outer garments,
I ~ t tIct it be the secret person
01 t h heart
~
$11 tha lncomtptfbte anparel of the quiet and
ntild spirit.-l Pet. 3:3, 4.
Whnt P e w here says doeti
not Inearl that wives should
give no ntterdlon l o their outward nppcarnnce-not at all.
Woman are admonished in the
Gcrlptiues to "adorn themaelvcs In w e l l - m g e d dress,
wit11 modesty and mrmdness
.of rnInd.'YI TTlm. 2:9) T h e

emphasis, howwsr ahould ba


on the quslltles of the heart
and the outwnrd attire nnd
proomlrlp should rcIlPct tho
Fine qunUty of tnodenty. Hnvs
you as n wile rnstie propess
Ln this ~ t d FN)
? yo11 flntl
that yokt nrc not RA ~ n t i ~ P r l
by the labst fnds ~uiA aiy1cbn
as you oncr scro? Are you
more incllned lo choosc what
is rnodesl? Hrtve gnu mnrIo
advn~iccmeriC I16 bertutityi111:
yourself hy d i ~ p l n v 1 1 1 ~thtl
'"ulet and mild ~pirll,,"that Is,
dlspl~yinsn domlnnnt feeling
of cnlmnoaa and ovrn t m ~ p ~ r
a l t h ~ u ~unfnvomhlr
h
Clrcunls h n c e ~mlky arise? I V 2 / 1 5 23n

TneRrloy, d n n ~ ~ n r22
y
[Goti l d m not [cnvc hlrmlt

rnfthout witness i r ~that Ire did


g m d , plvlnp gm rnlns I r m
h a u m and frttttjrl? seasons.
FIIing pour h a r t s lo thc In11
with joud orlrf pond ~hezr.
-Act$

1 4 :I?.

rcaaon fw m
to want to 1)c slaves ot God
and. Christ. They nra nnliko
the cruel mashrrs of tho pnst
who cared llCtle nbout tho
T~BIY
is !good

welfare or their ~ l n v c n .W h n l
God and ChrlsL hnve dono Ior
rnnnklnd testlfleFi to heir
dwth of Concern and boundless love. Clod Is the O n e to
whom wb nrc Intlrhtc~l fnr
life. Hc crtnted nll t!~lnas.
azd becatlm o t his rvlll they
cx!st nnd rve1.r crcnCcd,' (Rrv.
1.11) He couirl hnvc c x e c l ~ l r d
the denth srnkncr? upon d l a obedlent Adnm Rnd Evr l~foi-e
they bpcame parmh. Nonc of
us would lhrn l l a v ~lwcn lmrn.
Howcver, motvtl 1,y rncrclluI
cons!dcmtlon for thelr rlnborn
offspring. Qod allowed tho
drst hliman pnir to couthuo
living and t o procreak. T3espite the unappreclntlve attltuck 01 mast of thelr clefloendants, hc dld nat wlthhold
from humenkind hts generoun
proMOns l o r sustnlnln!r Ille.
W 6 / 1 5 10. 1E

Wedmsday, January %a
Hia Invtaible qualitte~ are
chear@ seen from the mrtd'a
ereatton onward, kcnrtse tltcy
are perceived by t?le things

que~tton i e foreacl on a per-

m n ' ~mind: Can s Chrbtian


prove hln ialth with no works
n t nil7 Or must R Chriatinn
provr: hi8 fi~i!h by dernonmade.-Rorn. I : ? @ .
srtrntlng t o o211crs throtlgh the
ICn order to Imitate QOd wsl uso ni his Ilcart, mind, soul
must get Lo know M m , T h e ~ n strcnnth
d
rhnt his inlth b
fact tbat God IR invlslble ia n live fnlG11. n prnductlve fsith,
not an iinsurmountnblo ob- not n dcnd one? James ia
stack to our redly ktlowinp: bhowlii~lhat works or nctivand imitating him. All of Jc- Ily IR proof of one's I ~ l t h .
hwah's creations around rla Yen, If we ~IRVQ Inilh we will
can serve as a mmvcloun nld ho ~ b l eI,u llrove H hy works;
for us t o get tn h o w ~ n r l not only worlrs of prenchlng
imitate hlm, as Paul bhown. nnd ten chit^^, hut also other
Yes, visible creation c811 tell rood works that Rive evidence
ufi thlngs thnt r m nld us l o or tho spklt's fruitage. W i / i
imitate God. Consider tho 17, 18
v!ay God has clothed the earth
with such beauty. T h ~ r enra
WB~,
24
gorpmus sru~~sets,
rnult~cotorcd
ThL means ewrluating ti*,
flowrs, sonys of b!&, nnd
their tnkln fn knotuledge of
an a b u n d ~ n c eof irults. nuts yntt.
the on$ trxe C o d , and of
ernd other f d s . Clesr19, n'C
one ri~lrorn pat1 srnl forth,
can 1ep.m from crcnllon tlrnt thcSE31i.P
rlrrt3t.-Jolt71 I?:$.
God is a wonderhl Pravltlrr
To llva iorcver-wlmt R benwho is genuinely roncsrnrd
efit from pr~aarsslng thla acwit.h our hnpplnesa. Is ~ w nil
t
appreciative person n~otlvntrd cllrRt@ knowlc~l~ccof ,TcllOVlih
to imitate Chat exarnlllc? Four O a l nnd 111s H11i-41 Cnn any
instance, should not :\ pnrcnl ninomlt of Rcculnr cdr~cetlon
hc moved by ood'a R X I L ~ I ~ Ilo~ P ~ n l nrot' HB ownor ~!~erlnstprovide what is gocd. lllenhnlrb l n ~llfc? Men r,penrl much
l i r m aud cxc1.t much effort
and upbuild~ngior Lhc hrncllt
tn flnd recioua natt~rsl reand hnpphess of his I~jrnll
hould we not more
ROUPCCB,
thus imitating h l ~henuerlri
111~31Iyeste~rn knowledge at
Father? W 3 / 1 19, 20
~ r i r l ? Just think whnt I t
mc:rna for u s t o know fw a
!rhmt?ays January 29
ccrtnlnty thnt we cnn live fmBut someme may labject: ever sight hpra on earth under
Rere i s one muha claims to pnradlsc conditions! To know
hone faith and another who thnt I h e tlme dcfllrltelp is
points to his deeds.' To whfch cnlilinc. unrl soan. w h ~ nman
I reply: '-me t o me thnt thfrr will llve In security, when najaith pox speak oj I8
tlnnollatlc nllrZ rnclel bnrriers
thozgh not accompnnicd bt!
wlH he dl~solvcdnnd when the
deeds, and b# m71 dcods I u>lit cculo~lcnZrylhlos of thls earth
wove to pozl m y l a i l k . ' 4 n q .
~ l l bc
l 111 proprnr hnlnnce tlhuly
2 :I&, New EnfiUnYi RIbla.
b r l n ~ n I)anf:r nf ~nlncl. How
James here s p e e k ~ Zo an rtnllks t h ~p~npleat o m day
imnglnnry peraal. Tlla paint who do not hnva thls nccmata
he discusses is not whether knowIed~onl Etodl (Luke 21:
works in hnrmony wkth the 20) I n contrnet, how calm nnd
Masale law lead to anlvatlon confl(l6nt nrs thoae who hnrw
or faith in Jpeus Chrlst dw3. lnvnllfd the~nsclves of God's
Ratha, faith Chat ts real nnd rift of )cnoivlcdge!-Mnl. 3 :18.
abe. Is being contrasted with I V 3 / 1 5 3, 4

a-v

dren ta do that? Is0 you md


Satorday, Y a n n a r g 26
son ocoasianally wark
You are not in darkness, 80 your
togather on the fnlnlly car?
tlbat that dag ahauid ouertakc
Whrit
relationshtp tloes such
yuu as ft would th:?cs, jor
n c ~ i v i t yhave ~ l t hChc Bible?
you we sons o/ lrgkt.
R"lJ, the car hnd i n bc en--I Thesr. 5:8, S.
p l u ~ o r e dand mant~fnctaredin
The Jewlsh oll:r(yy were lirrrlnany with lnwtl tabproud and tnahi~:listlc. With Hlillccl by the Creator, Jehovith
this attitude Lt wns lmpoasihle Chd, and you munt contlnrie to
for them l a ncccpt . I c m RY rrcngnizc thmc rrnlurnl lms
tha &fessi~lt.Thot1~11ChrLqt
I f yort nra to keep It nl~erallng
wus right thcrc t~ffore them,
cllcctively. Periudlo Lune-ups
in the flesh, porlr~l-n12ngrvonnn(l ncljustment~, 1uh1 lcnting
derful cures, t!lelr eyes were alrrl oil changes all arc rlecesbltnd. T!lep werr tlis:rpMnted
a r i r y because of OotE'% la\rs.
111 J m s beaausr: thclr selfish- Do g o r l remind your son of
I ~ O R S caused tllem to look far
i,l~oac things n$ ho rvrwks?
wong things. We today musk
IV >/I 13, 14
not txcnmr~ mr~lrrl:~llst~c
Hkc
tlwrn. It 1s cxtrcvntzly dangerMan&y, Jantrnry 27
oun to nllow ok~rfirlvcato In11
irho n s l e a ~ ~ ynprtl,lictlc
,
m- Do return, 0 r~ncpctdeIsrael,
I shall not stay rarfntful
rlltlon, in nur nilr~rl nnd heart
to ftme indefindtc. On[?]take
'y~uttltrg oRQEho prcscnce of
note
of yow en'or, lor it is
t11e fiery day of ,Trhom.ab 11
a~nfnst Jthobah mrrr God
wc do we wlll rnjl t o discern
that urn nave transf~ressed.
Ciod's ' leadlnga, h l Airectiveu
~
4 e r . 3:1%. 13.
for us. We wlll In11 to eet t o
know him. A dtowap attitude
Imml alone, a t nll the pmrcill mu= us not t n rm ckarIp plm on earth, wns in n core%.illat.
needs to ix done in tho nnnt relntio?lahip with dell*
service of Qad. We will not vnh and to it only were ~ t v e n
cver 'be ready' far or wnntiug his Word and law. The Iarraelthe "day of Jehovah" to come. i b s frequently proved unfnlth\Vs wit1 be ofl hnlnnm so thst
flrl to him nnd tventclnlly
we may be ca11~11t
unawares rcltahad the state ol lurlllng
whan tllat day arrives, Ef 1 / 1 5 n!:ldo and of g r w dl~olledic ~ ~ c oIDnn.
.
9:l-ID) nrcnuse
7-9
n l thla, alehovalr took atronr:
amday, dnnnsrg 2%
nrtlon witinst them. cnstiag
Whether yo14 arc eating or flrsl. the northern trlk!: end
tlir-11 Lha snull~ern Irlbrs out
drinking or dnfnfl angthlng
else, do rsEE bh!nga for God's of their land into oltlla, Ilnnlly
nllowlnp Babylon t o averg&rg~.-l Colh.10:31.
throw the ahc~lo notlond
Aow a s y many p e r m s find slnlcture. Havlnc tnken this
It to go nbout their daily Rt,l'OllK action ~1:alnst t h ~ m ,
routine and IGUVA
Qod out of
dlrl dchovah thrrcnftcr reftrse
their thoufshts? Allr~rving onc- to [lo nngthin~: rvlintsoever
splf to do thla, however, could thnt might contribtitc toward
in time cerrlsc one to become tlldr being restnrrrl t o h k
like those Jrvlln described at
No, bul, Instend, he
Matthew 21:37-39, But the fnvor?
rllrocted word:: of rrpronf to
npostle Paul wlscly encourages Illcm, exhorting then1 t
o abanu.9 to kecp Gml In mind
dot1 the wrong carimt! Lhat
tl~roughoutthe dny no matter hod lei! to their d~snzrtrr,snywhat w e are doltla. That ia inp: through the prophet Jerwhat a diacipIa of Christ does. at11la11the amva wurds. W 8 / 1
b-7
A r c you tenchlng g a r chil-

. ..

lotiger wEl you slave#,


bscaaaa 4 slave does 7mt know
what l ~ l sm&er doca, nut
I have calied poi4 trlenrls.
b e l l ~ 2 4 6 ~at1 the thmg.p I
hralw Ibsard from 7 r q FaIlrcr 1 bn?)e mads k f l o ~ u n
lo yolr.--John 15:15,
Do we feel =e certnln men
of nnclcnt tlmes who, l h o u ~ h
offerod freedom, vol111rtnrlIy
chose to continue In slnvpry
t o t11clr kind Hebrep, rnnatrrs?
(Ex. ?1:2-Gi T i a t Ls Llu Iirnrtfelt rraponse of those alw npjw'?o\nbF whnt a o d nrld Christ
hnve (lone on fhslr hohnli.
"'rho love the Christ hns cnmp14h UW." ( 2 COP. 5:14) Observo that Paul dltl not sup
thnt, God compels or that
Christ compels us to tnlce up
Inlthiul serrlce to them. On
the rontrnry, thc cornpolllllr:
~ D ~ CInB 'The love thr C h r M
bas." The re1ationr;Illp t,l>nt
wc! havc entered inlu It; no1 Ifn
impersonnl one, but wiirrn rlrtd
1

from Gal an& otliera m y not,


Those without the g i f t of accurate lcnowlecljie may evon
becoma o i r enerdes, t h o u ~ h
of the enmo fnmlly. It Is with
this In mind thot Je.nrs s n i ~ l :
"Indeed, n rnnn's enemteR urIII
br? p y . . n of 111s ow11 1101i$nhold. (Matt. 10 :34-37) Dm.
permn fvlto Is perhapa cl~sby his bmrly becomc n
loser in thls cnse? Na, for in
additlon Z,o galnlng the rllvfno
gifl of k~iowlcd~e
iitseli, ono
e,

Q M I ~

also ~ n l n~ i~r l C u 1 rclntlvcs

a hu111Zr~Cfr0!tl The joy


can htive In serviny Jrllwnh
in ~6soclnt,lonwlth thesc ~ p l r itual vrlntlvcs far outrvrlckq
any lo!,$. W 3115 5

Thr~rstlny,Jannarg SO
the b a d ~ Is dead whm
tltwe 13 ?la breath Zejt in ft,
A3

porn dcett*
n corpsr.-4a.~.

so ju4th rlfoorccd

fs IllrlcRa ns

Ncrv Endish Blblr.


Xn [nlnym ponr by, if ri l1wRon
mnterl Lo B sure C l ~ c ~wna
o
clnsc, n6 h d l c z t d Pd~y Zhc no hrcntll Irtt In n borly ho
s
holt!
woscls of Jesus recottlrd b y moulrl tnke t i ~ l n ni~rl
John. Rv this Jes~ru WIIA not it closr to thc mout,ll nrltl
shying that tl~eirreril ~>t>aitlon nosc trf t t l R person. IP thrro
body
wnR no longer thnt af :~lnvcs, was nny I~r'cnill irl
but, rnther, he rnennl tllnt he wouid tjc nble to ace It on
the glnss. It Iltere m s no s l ~ n
Irc WRJ not trentin~them ns
nipre nlnves, but nu frlendu, of brerllh, he would sny 5hnt
trualorl nncl respsctcrl, W 6/15 the prlhtionwns dcad. 60 JRlnps
uses Itic SllUsErntion of a boriy.
14, 16
7,Vhen there I s no breath In it.
thnt I6 I11c way a per6an proWdnsa@ay, I~nmFyR9
fesslnl:
but having no
No one has left ?so!ue as ~vorlrs Is.11iith
W h e n itllth I8 (11hobhers or tistere or' ~rtathsr vorcecl flnnl
deeds and thci'o
or jnthm w ch'ldrcn a? firlrla is no work bncking
h~t
for mu sake and for the $aka faith, then one's nlthupIs tI?ko
01 I h p pood news r i ' b tulll not a lifaleh~ corpse. One thl11~
gct a hundredfold taofo
wo ahould keep in mirid
ante in the comitag sgeiak ' that
is thnt dnrnrs is ndrlre&~luff
a/ tl~Engpmei-tastmn Hje.
Chrlatlnn~.
persons who nm
-fiJmk 10:29, 30.
dedlcnterl to God and hnptiwrl
T h o @!Itof accrlrntc h o w l - R I I ~w110 make the full clnlnr
edlfo of Gad ~ n dhis purpowa t o ho C h ~ I ~ t l n witncnarcs
n
of
ir: not auloniatlcally prlssed on Jehovnl~.IIn 18 endeavnrlt~~:
to
from genarntion to genrthntlon, stir cvrry anc of them to ncns nre physical charnctcrlstlcs. tion, XI a'c have intth rr-a
It I8 cvcn possibla thkt some should demonstrate it. Eiow?
membe~aof a family mny re- Dy our conduat mld by prcschcelvo of thU personnl ulft ing and tenchlng. W X/1 30, 31
2:ZG.

Friday, amuary 81
Man mast live, not on bread
alone, but on ewry utterance
cwning forSh through

Jehvah's mouth.
-Afatt, 4:4.
In addition t o teaching and
training your children during
the day's narmal routine, for
real success. you must also set
aside special periods lor fam-

ily study on s regular basis.


Regularity in this is as i t p
portant as is regularity m
eating and drlnwng. The material to be studied ahould be
selected by the family bead.
Just as be decides what the
family will have with respect

to rn~terlalthings, so it ia bis

responsibility to decide what


tbe family wlll study. We is in
the best position to know what
the famly needs. Acid~tiomlly, he can Inquire as to what
the others think will be beneficial and then take this into
considerabion. Each fam~lywill
Rave particular needs on occasion. Articles on drug abuse,
conduct wlth persons of the
opposite sex, honesty, a w -

cfntions, kindness, and so


forth, might be appropriate,
depending on conditions developing. All such study helps
to underscore the wlsdom of
Jesus' words, W 2 / 1 13, 18

Malntaln ChrI~tlanMaturify by Constant Advancement.


-1 Tim. 4:16.

---

Saturday, February 1
Go, thn, and learn what tltia
means, ''I want mera, and
not sacrifice." F w I came to
cull, not ri~htsollapeople, b u d
sinners.-Matt. 9:12, 13.
I3o these words of Jesus fnd i d that he approved of
Anners in mat he was wining
to associate with them? Note
Jesus' introductory words:
"Persons in health do not
need a physician, but the ailing do." Would this not rather
suggest t.bat Jesus' reuson for
assuciating with them wna to
cure them? Jesua did exercise
mercy, cvcn mi he admonished
others. (Matt. 5:7$ However,
his exercise of mercy toward
sinners wns not a condoning
of their sins. Rather, it operated in the same compassfonale manner as toward
those who were physicalb ill.
(Luke 5312. 13, 20) Thus it is
evldent that Jesus was not
accepting people In their sins
a3 t h e y were. Rather, one of
the mast important nspects of
his ministry was to cnre men
of theh spiritual illnesses, enahling them to h accepted by
God because of their changed
way of life. W 8 / 1 5 3, 4

Sunday, February 2
Whp sJLOPlEd you die, O house
01 Igrael? For 1 do not taka
any delight in the death of
someone dMng.--Eaek. 185'1.
This expression harmonlzex with Jehovah's statement
through his prophet J e r e m ~ a h
at Jeremiah 3:12, 13, 22. By

oxhortlng these wrongdoers in


thls way, waa Jehovah having
spiritual fellowship with them,
a sharing of spiritual good
things together as among
friends? To the contrary, us
Jehovah hat1 earlkr Cold them
by the prophpt Isaiah, if they
wanted his friendship wain
they would have to ch&.
He would not lower himself to
walk in their wrong ways and
adopt their wrong thoughts,
(Isa. 55:6-Dl To enjoy sweet
fellowship with God a ~ a i n ,
they would hava to raise their
thoughts and ways back up
t o the righteous levels to
which God adheres and which
his Word teaches. Thus they
;would heed his warning to
come and let us set matters
8traight between us,' so that
then+ gross sins mkht be
viewed by him as blotted out.
-Ua. l:18. W 811 8, 9

Monday, February 1
Howl, you shepherds, and cry
out! And wallow aBwt, poU
mafeetic ones of the m c k because your
for slaughtering and for Tjour scatte~ings
have been fulfilled, and yo76
must fall like a dRperablc

vessel!-4er. 25:34.

Do not ke deceived. The


end of false rdfgion is not
going to come by Ib simply
folding up due to lack Of BUDport. Jehovah God himself
wlll give the command for the
destruction of BabyIofj" a:
the beginning of his day,
and that destruction will come
with surprising suddenness. So
it is not a slow fadlng away
by loss of members that brings
the end of Christendom's false
religions and their clergy. Instead, just as a. beautiful vase,
a "desirable vessel," suddenly
falk from its pedestal, ta the
dismay of its onlookers, so the
clergy and thew false religion
have a sudden, surprising
crash to destruction. Apprcclation of this fact can protect
p s against any inclination to
put on' the day of Jehovah
simply bemuse Babylonish reUdon stfill exercises considerable inlluence in some arers.
W 1/15 21, 24, 25

Tumday, February 4
You nawt not
j u d p n t of the

p m w t tha
fatherless
We.-Deut, 24:17.
T h e manner in which Jehovah commanded the Israelites to care for fatherless boys
i r n p r m upon us the good
that a g d l y father can accomplish within the family
circle. Jehovah showed loving

.. .

concern for such bermved


ones. There is no mistakinff
Jehovah's remgnition of the
void that errlsted in such a

bereaved household. A household wlth no father was trzglc


jn many ways. T h e father was
the one who would provlde
material necesities. Ee could

protect them aghinst those


who might s h 1 , defraud or
otherwise oppresa. He would

provide the son with fatherly


guidance, companionship and
love. So, in the absence of the
father. the Law nrovtded remindeis of the nkd for special wncern. The expression
"fatherloss boy" was even included when Jehovah wa8 ,describing the degree of f a ~ t h fulness of the cnltre nation of
Lsmel. When the nation bcame spiritually impoverished
and began to pervert justice,
the fatherless boy would feel,
the bar1 effects.-4er. 7:s-7.

Z / l 7-9

Wednesday, Febmary 6
C b t h e yourselues with tlie neu
persolaality, which throagh
accurate knozoledfle i s being
made new accordanq to the
image of the One who

created 4 t . 4 0 2 . 3:iD.

The beat aid to becoming


acquninted with God and Imftatlnr him i s his Word. However, merely possessing It, or
even simply reading it, wIll
not necestia.rllv help us to
Imitate God. We need. in effect, to "listen intently1* to
God. (Isa. 55:2, 3 ) How can
we do this? By doing as
Joshua was mmmanded to do.
(~osh.1:8) Thus, in order to
imitate God, me must do even
more than read and study the
~ l b l e . We must understand
and appreciate it, so as t o be
moliwted to do all that God
desires us to do. We need to
Eet accurate lmowledge of
md's will and purposes. I t is
this that Faul showed could
change our life O ~0nf0nI-ita
God's example. I t is only by
taking In this accurate knowledge that we can truly conform ourselves to the h a g e
of Jehovah God, imitating his
marvelous quality of love. We
should let the very appeal of
this Wly quality to us mo-

tivate our hearts. W 3 / 1 21, 22

&ear upan t h o imt that than


Thtrraaas, Feb-rg
a
BFavaa who worked In the deld
A toorahmath ia what I harnr
might also Rctve the evening
W e you to the house o j
rncrrl to thelr r n R . W . T h
Israrl, ~ f i d ycm muat hem ans
plcwcd ns RornethEng t o
jrotn mu mouth speech and
u'hlch
tllrlr msEcr was enYOTI mrmt tourn them Jrmme.
titled.
(Luke 17:7-10) I n m y -L'zck. 3:17.
inr: thnl wa wcrc "good-forConsider Lng what Is at stake, nulhlng slnves" Jc~mwns not
do not we ldtlay have reason tclilhr tla bo tlllnk of ourto put forth our best efforts
R.9 USC~BBR. NO, hut he
to r e ~ o hpeople d t l l the Ufc- ficl~~!:
wn9 ndvlslnr: ua to keep clearIy
~ a v l nm
~ e s a g e from God% i n mlnrl o ~ u . relntlanahlp to
'CVord? QIIP clohg w would
God sllrl hi^ Eon. As Chrts~ l l o wproper regard fw God's tlnns. it IAnoL our personal
dc%!rethnt all men repent and will and rornrorts thnt come
Ilvc In harmony with accuprst for Christ died that w e
rats knowledge. Before Jehornlrht llve no l o r r ~ r rfor ourvnh ODd nllowed the Bnb- ~rlmn.'--2 Ckr. 6 : l S . W 17/15
ylonlnnn to rl~slrny.derumlem 17-20
nnrl rlcvnslnlo lllc Isnd of Judnh h o lrritl wnr~llnggiven. IIe
Rfikrrtlng, lkrebruar~r8
cc~nnltlorcrl thc few additioilnl
You ahorlld be made 7 1 . m tn
cnm or Hfe to be enjoyed by
liona hccding the tvnrnmg ns the jorcc racluating your miad.
-EVIL. 4 : 2 3 .
fnecloua. He wanted to spare
N( nlnny ns possible from exPor me to be a spkhm1
pcrlencinp R horrible Sieeth .has mrSMI regulrcn tmlnlng. tfen trakrlt of WRT or its efieck. wloping in o n w l r the mind
I-Te thrrcfnre p l n c d a weighty of Cl~rlst.I n thc dnlly round
rcapo~~s!l)lllty
upon his proph- or Ilvlng. the "nnlurnl" thmg
el, Ez~~klel.
In view of the far for pasona l a c k l n ~ sptrltunl~ r c n t nrluncer In which hu- f t y 16 l o ulvo in t o fleshly
mnlw nro today, should we thlnltlnlc. Tho force bhat nct h l ~ i k that our mnponslbility tuatcs their ~ n l n t e~lrwr;them
for the llvea of people i s less in R dlrectlon tlint coniormtl
than E2ekiel'sP Sutelg not1 Do t o thts old rryntetn of thlnps.
gou kce~llysense your sespon- The iorcr or dominant Inc11a!blllty In cnrrylng out thls nntlon ol R Chi-1l;tlun'~nllrd,
co!nrnhlon? W 2 ( 1 5 16, 17b
however. mllRt hr mnde over
In \F snmrth\rla ncw, !:e lllnt
Frldny, Frhn~ary7
one thlnkn In hrrrnlony with
Gnd's way, t h u s brco1111ng a
The lone the Christ hm
bnlrltunl prrurvi, h s one's
oompc1.p l18.--2 COT.5:I.i.
t l ~ l n l t l r ~chnr~(:ra,
~;
Pvcrg asIt tha lovo of God and
ect of m e " Ilfa allould also
C h r l ~ t conllsela m to aerve
c mnns now: n new persont h o ~ n ,t h l ~wlll be reflected in alltv
Ilc d ~ v e l o p ~ r(Eph.
l.
the way we live our lives. We 4:241 Evcn If o r ~ cha3 been a
will not be lipfng for our- C111latl:~n wlCnc!m ol Jehavnh
sf!lves,\ m a t does this involve? for mnny yenrs t h l ~(~CVFLEOI).
Wnuld n slave give first atmust contln~xcnnd tnke
tcntlnn t o 115s own comforts or ment
in every nrcn o l one% I!!@.
PPP.S~HRI
i ~ l t ~ r e s t aMost
?
cer- T h e wny n ClirlR11nn canducts
tnlnly not1 Then w h a t about l~lmsrlf nt wurk m. at school,
nlnvca of God and Christ? hln lnnuunrc nntl h l ~other
Poi~tlera Hternl slave-masher ~lcraorlnl hnhlts, all ~houlclreralntlonlrhip. An lllustratlon veal ~ p l r i l ~ ~ r Ihlnltlng,
nl
the
ufld by Jesus glves a forceful
mltld of Chvld, To thriC
unawer t o thia qlzestlon. He of you? N 417 7, 8

Elanday, FebPut up a lrmd fight

samethim dmuld

B
JOP'

the

jafth tlfot was mrce for aZ


EInrc rlcliaercd lo the 8asalg
f l l l ~ s . - A l d e 3.
Actumlly, R ~reaiirqmnslblllty Iur nvaldiry the generatlon r:np In Lhe home rests
on y o u l h ~ , How, then, m i l l
vou who n1'8 Chrietinn youths

birrdnrge t h h responsibility?
IWst or all, do whnt PauI z y s
a t Ronlnns 12:2. T k s has Co
dn tvlth 110% you thick. on
i~~attcrs
Wllnt Is your attltnde

townril mntcrlnllsml Whnt do

you ~llinlr about the use or


(lrllF5 101' "kIcltB" or xs an
rscrtj,~ horn the troubles of
tlic worltl? Whnt, do yo11 think
or tIio R R X U ~ L ~i m m ~ ~ a l i t of
y
modorn society? What do you
thitlk of t h e music and enter(rr1nmenl aoughl after by
yaritlis 06 tho world? You
nlrr+,L not, you mnnot, thil?!:
an Ehese mnttcrs ns ndrrlts anti
youths think who R ~ Ppart of
ihlrj wlckrd aystcm of thinps.
'r1313 wny we net tarts wlth
how we th2uk. Yes, you have
to put up n rrnl bnttle ngR1nst
k n d ~ n c i ~ f lt~rnplittluns
,
and
prcssus~:+thitl y011r perents
mrrv urver 11avc hRd when
tllt'y wpre young. More than
r w r bcfnre it IS necessarv far
Goti to [lo ns dude co&ls.
1V $11 15-17

Monday, Febmarg 10
God mpnt on to eay: "'Let us
maice man in our ?maw, a&corrllrtn to o t ~Ilkmess, and
Zal tlrrm Imua in subfscteon
tlzo fl11t oj i h d sea nnte
c~wrfj rnozllnn anrtnal tho!, fs
a ~ o v l n gtroon t l r p earth.
-4rn, I 2 6 .
Let ua look bnck at the
&ry
ol tommnnlcation and
mc how It c o t st-,
and
what we CMI learn from it.
ln the O c ~ ~ c s laccount
s
of
crebtlOIl, cllnpter one, rve note
thnl on snt:h day, up ta the
ulxllr clay, tho nction is introduced by llre form of the
Hcbraw verb that means that

...

bke place.
Yes, Qod was cornmunIcating
hls instructions, but no person t~ mm~tloncd m responding thereto. Ilo\r.cver, ushen it
comes l o Chr c1.0wlilng l l c t of
earthly crmtlon, zvc noto a
mnrked chr~nar.Thatl~lrIn a
posllion 0 1:rrrua n dll-ectlvs
as t o n, ~uhortllnatt:~tilo Crcntal- wna now invlting cooperation, A Iricntlly, kindly tone
Is Impllerl; n ~ m r lr~lntlon-

llrillhy y~nrtnrrslllp.
$?!
;' isn how
12 shoulcl bc Letrreen mnrrlrd pnrtncr!r. If

rou are n hl~trbnnd, la thnt


hrm you lnlk to yr>ut. wife,
sayinR: '"Coinc 011, let us , ."?
W 5/15 B

fisndny, Fabmmry 11

time she snid t o


rnistresa: ' V J m I p mg
rophct
t t Ellat
he l u a i r r r I rrnrlwr hrrr~

roere brfore the


fs i n Somnrin,

her
lord
tlrat
case

froirt

his It.pro~t)."-2 1f f . 5 2 .
J u a tthtnk nf tills IlttlE
fmrtlta r:lrl. 8110 wna tnkan
cnnllvc i r ~ l r n Xnrm!, but this
dlcl not w o n k ~ n Ilm fnlEh iu
Jrllovnh nrw 111 hla ahility to
ust: oils rbi hls f r l t t h f ~ ~serl
vants through whom t r l perform mlrncics. She hnd real
falth. Thrrr: \van no questlon
hoti it it: she bellevet! impllcltiy
thnt
if
N R & ~ R ~
~ ~ n u ! d ~ n dnsk, .lrhovnh
W L I I ~ I QIIIR'P~.
~
Allhou~h just

a mnidtxrvunt, hhr! hnd the


cowngo lo ~ v l t n ~nl701rt
~ s her
fallli in Jelrovnl~ God. She
rntzst hnvn rlnno t,hh rrlthusir*';ticnllg mcl convinolnsly, for
brr rnmsngo vlnn nctrd upon.
Llke tltla hr~mble unnamed
wrvnnt o t Jrlwvnh, wc should
ienrlemly wcnk the t r ~ t t !so
~
t h n t sZ1 of llnnpst henrt mrtv
honefit. Nevcl- ~ h o u l d~ v chold
hnck fronr mrtkl~li? knaivn Jejlovnll and )lib nnrpnws, fearing wo nre noL qunllfled lo
peak t o Romoonn In a, hlgher
station In Ilft! thnn we. Wo
shoutd hnve full confidence in
Jehovnh God. W 7 / 1 19

Wednesday, Febmary 12
I1 error8 were what yo% watch,

0 Juh. 0 Jehuah, who could

stand?-Ps. 3511:3.
Eldera in the CMstlan con-

can demonstrnte
how well they h o w Jehovah
by thelr dealing sf[th others
es he would. For examplz.
take Eha mat* erf how clders view their broth~rs. Is
lhplr attitude a reffeetion of
gregatlon

only a aeleat few, Juat as


p a i d maturity Ie aetiaipxd aa a anturn1 attainment
for Ilving crcaturen, 30 spirltun1 maturlty should be nnLicipatcd nnrl sought alter by
every Chrlstlan babe. f t Irt
m t h h the reach nt all ttrhu
put forth the needed effort.

One's home, experlcnce nnd


educatttfan m e not the c!ctcrmlnlng fnctora PnuI cxhartcd
Chr!stians who hnd not yet
Je!lomh's d e w p o i n t , as writ- &come splritu81 adult: to
ten in the Psalms? ,To the "pre-s on to rnnturity Irr
Creator d m not go a ~ o n n d order Eo d o Ea they Erst h n d
looking for faults, nor is he t o recognlm their trlre s p l r overly critical. The general Itual condttlon and then work
tcnor of Jehovah" vlewpoi~t to make pr0gre.m. W 2 ~ 1 51, 2
torv~rd nlxnkrnd Is furthpr
~xprewrd nt Ps~Irn 103:~-14.
Friday, F~bn~crg
14
Do our dcnllnrs Wth our
' T h e tiaord b near you: It k
brothers reflcct that U P rpallv
----"
Itnow these t h r n ~ sskit G o d ? upon goti* lips nnR in y m
he&.'
This nleatla the rvord
If so, the elders will nut he
ablirious to how the flock is oj faitn whiclz me praclnlvt.
-Rom, 1 0 : 8 ,
claiuR. They nz!ght we11 nnp!y
H e w EnfiUsh Blbla.
t o themselves as spirituel
shepherds the words: "You
Paul was a real evangellzw
o u ~ h tto knov positively the a proclaimer of the good
hppem-nnce of your Rock." nms. He learned of Jeuue
IPi*ov. 27:23) But whut do Christ, who t h r o t ~ ~ bn1s
elders do with their knowledge death on the torture stnlte
of the flock? Well. like Jeho- provided the rnenna f o r tnkvah, they see the good in ing away the aln of the world,
people. They acknowklge t h e and Paul, also learnerl abouG
~ o o dbeing done by others, Jesus' resurrection from t,ha
nnd 80 they strive t o Ee up- &ad. Paul - ~ ~ t tED
s deeply apbulldlng, not just watching prcclative of the menninR of
for errors. W 7/15 8 , 7
them tlrlnga hhat hc ~ F W
everyone should Anow a h a ~ l t
Thnrsday, Fabmmy ZS
thrnl. So he trnvelcd thauof milca, much of it on
Lst rls press nn to mafarity, sn~lr!J
foot, prcnchlug Rnrl tenthing.
-Heb. B:I.
up new tterrltory
Emh AS 19 the case wlth He opened
brought to many j w p l e
anlmuls. Iiumms, too, are nct and
the
rneIwge
nfould prntorn full grown, either phyx- vide them a that
hasls for Inllh.
icnllp or menMy. Pad n e Paul spcke nlone
rfrrr bar!ka.
ex-pect children ta m w t-p, in schno!~,In prison.
In primte
to reneb the nhjrslcal, srental
homes.
t
o
rill
lrlnds
o t pco1.1~.
cnd emotional stature of TP- 3em sad dmeP)rs, nntl
sponslble ndu!ts. CIesrly, Lfe of rarlom sizes. Whenrronrl~
m1:1
111 God's nrraliqem-ent invoIres
the "worrf" rvns brou-lit
growth. There is n!so a mouth spoke,
Fear
to
them,
m
near
th:it
f o r Chrlst!sns from s&i,-itvcl
childhmd irjo spbitual adult- t,hey could repeat ft wlth
It
hood, Chrlstinn maturity. their o m llps and cl~erlal~
This spMtnnE mattnity Is not in their hearts. In all of thla
nn unattainable goal, nor Paul set a fine elinmpIe fm nus.
something to be reached by -1 Cor. 11:l. W l / l 3, 4

Returday, February I6
muat fnuulcate [these

Yon

words] in olrr ann and speak


of thcm wfcn fin!& sat in your
lwnsc and when !/OIL walk o n
thc road and eulterz ~ t o t t Ite
d o w n and ruhm F/OTL gct irp.

be

of NCtle value. I h e house


munt b~ complete to serve its
intended purpose. If a, man

31inLts himself, t a s t u B a g
only oartaln favorite" porlions of the Bible, hls Imowledge will be of Hm~tedvalue.
Orle must nppreciate t b t "all
-Dezil. 6 : s , 7.
Scl.lptlire is inspfred of God
Yes, the uuorshlp of Jehovah nnd beneflcial" if one fs to
Is to be n way of llle nnd come to an nccuraB h o w l dlsc~~sslng
h l ~purpwes Ja to edge of the truth. (2 Tim.
be clone on ~pproprlntt*occn- 3:16) Actually, an incom&long dhrou~irnltt one's dnilp
plcte picture can be dnngerroutine. How ~ o o dit i a ahell ous. W-thout the f u n picture
onr :; i l r ~ tthotl~hkqon awnk- wc could easily be misled into
rninr nrv of Jcl~ovallnnd '5s
thinklnc thnt we =e aervFng
601:! Wurshlp of Jrllovnli cnnGod while doing something
?!OL be xepnrnterl from the
dinmetrically opposed to kls
dzily routllie ol Ille. W h ~ n will.-John 18:2. W 3 / 1 5 6, i'
Ille apeech Rnd coilduct of
pnrenls rcflccl the convlctlon
Monday, F e b i a q 17
hut t,lds 1s so, thp chlldrcn
Happy f s the matt that has
wlll nrow In nppredntim ut
, hln delight
, in the
the Inct that Jehovnh g o d
jaw of Jehovah.-Pa, 1 : i , 2,
sces m c h lllinff they d o and In
aenerally, the fsmLly will
Inlcte.<lcd In how lhry 40 It,
thnt I t la itnpartant t11 bc nn flnd that they wlll p m t
much by iolloivlng the study
Imitator of C:ncI% fi8o iIn
ev~l-ythlng they do. dcl~avnh course that hns been nrran~ed
n.
G o d nnd his 'son nrc thrn fur Cho c o n ~ l ~ e ~ n t l oprepar~ I I R for partlclpalion in the
it1 tho child's tho\t~htaat nll
tlmcs, not only when npcclnl ~ncetin~a.D n l e s ~ there Is a
tlmrs nro 8ct nuldo for w W - fipcciai necd in the famiIy,
~hil).T h l y wlll Lw l w k l n ~for why !lot focus your attention
,~rhovtah's t~lrssinff uil onch 0 1 1 the atudy material that all
tnhlc perforn~cd n i ~ dwlll brbe others J I ~ the congregation
t h c dil.~cllontio Elves throuwh ~ 1 . 0 thinking and talking
about? What a unifying efIsct
his Word. W 2 / 1 11, 12
it will hnvc nnd what a hne
contrlhtlon each one c a n
H~tnday,February 18
make to the discussion a t
IQod'sl ~ 1 1 1Is that all sort8 the
meeting it families preof nten 8hou3R be savcd and
nt home in harmony
come to an r~ccllralc k1601uI- pnre
with the! congresation's proed#e 01 truth.-1
Tlm. 2:4. gram.
Those blessed w ~ t h
Yes, Oml's wllt Is that pea- more atudy time can do adZc m c to an rccurnts
dition81 research. And while
nowledge of truth. Moro tlmn the mal of some o f &ply
a hnzy outlitlo of knowlFdqe
picparing n comment an the
Is necewtly. This ans u:lc study ques~ions might be an
o l the prok~lemsIIM! hy the acceptable gosl Ea begin wfzh,
Jewish pcople of thp npostlc the renl go31 &%ould be m
~ n u l ' s r11ty Ar? referred to grnsp t h e Scrlpturr-1 subject
Zhctn aa "hnving the frame- ~ v dthen to help others to
work 01 thc knowltdga nnd of
do so by the con~lnentsmade.
thc truth." IROm. 2 ~ 2 0 ) If a With this objective, study won

..

permn buBd~nc n houao


~toppca after completing the
rramcwork, his eilorb would

becomcs a delight to one wha


i s a lover of truth, 8s wm the
Inaplrd pealmist. W 2 / 1 19, 20

M a y , Feb18
Aeld &ca
and tn p arfng
lor the T h e ~ ~ ~ % #h&y
tld
What~acr
axe ciaimp, towR
Cotrld thry bc given
nt tt w h o F S D y ~as to ~ e - 1Sch0ol7
r~p01IRtblFltle~
armnd
k m a h and not to men. l~ X.;!ncclom 11~117 ti clders the
are
~ ~ 1inoirb
1
tt $
nlcit Zo nlP the dPtriIk thot
Jrlmalc you tt:rll recmne the
amcct
Lhc
6pIritunl
11ves
of
drlc rutunrd
Slave for the
thr "~heep"In their care, they
Maatrr, Chrlat.--1301. 3 2 3 , 24. nrc
In n IloslOon i,u help then1
Llvlng no longer for ourattd cat1 talk nbout these
~11~0%
involves more than thlnEa when they meet tofaithful cntlurnnee when w e
ReLher. ITnwAvcr, what i i a,
nrc bdng persecuted. (2 Cor.
nicrnber in n crmgrc~nMonla
6:lSI Aa urged by Paul, lir-stnrt~tlff In n lrend that the
Infi m lungcr for omselves inPlrlprs fml msp land to spMcl~rdcs crcry mpmt of Ufetun1 dlmctiltyl W n ~ i l dit not
morals, how we think, act,
lx? an rxprrmlm of love nnd
dfely subMndnesrr l o do all they csn to
exeroiae of rcrncrly tho hltur%tlonlW 7115
~rrulnhlp nncl obedience to
8, n
pnrcrll s. II~Inxntlon nnd tilenHIIPO 111'0 211.111111 in achieving
mmMag, Fnbmary 20
hri1rcnc:ml l l i i a , hiid t~ penutne
Far thIa TCUROn, noto fhrrt ios
CI1rl::Linti rlrhtly uses some of
hauc tett llre primary doctrine
h l n time 111 purrnits thnt are
selnxln~and pleesurable. But adoirt flre C'hrisl. 3ct t i 3 press
hr tlors n o t live sole$ for or1 to ~nnt~iritv.not InHnff a
tolindatron agafn.-Hef.
62.
~ I P R B I ~ ! ' P . N o r does ha ration
on w m s spectflc part of his
Are tlwre nny among us
Ilia nr; "my Elme," durin~ who hnvc been n~wclated
which he c:rn ioreet that he with the Chrislian congregaIs ~ c r v l nGod.
~
That this is tiori I o r years nnd yet are
AO 18 Rarn fvom the flne way
not &blu t o tcncll others the
1n which Chrbtian servantmu hslc rloctrlnm of the Bible?
or del~ovah use thefr free
After years of ruwoalnllon with
ttrnm. Hlah on the list of
Gorl'a ~reoplc, do mine still
~ ~ l ~ a ~ u rthing=
n l ~ l ethey do are
have 8lm:ult
In lettlng their
tillnos t l l r ~ o t hreletccl to thelr
mnadenco Ktstinmlsh rlsht
wora't~lp.W 6/15 25, 27. 18
from rvronE? Do they x
i11
rvnt?t otl~rr!~
to tnnke drclsial~s
Wcllnmday, Frbrnarg 18
tor them In mritlprs of conYorr mrrlht t o knnw pc~s!toce@ sclenca? Ariy wlio find theml
111str11ctlon
the oppcarancc n i #ow pock. selves ~ l l lnocrlil~R
111 Ihe I ~ n ~ l c s
nP Christian
-ProV. 27:23.
lenchlllR
R I I ~ l i v j n ~ should
lmflere uhould be aware d ccrlninly worlc hnrrl to ncqtijre
those ncerllns assistance in
Chrlstlnns should
thc aoncr~aatlon. Perhaps mnt,uslLy,
not bc lllre \ ) I ~ I I ( ~1vho
P ~ . snever
srrrne of t h r older ones nre
:et
bryond
S11a Ioimtlntlou of
hnvlng dlmc~llttes that d e c t
.
!
l
e
huildlng,
the
foundntlon
thrlv 8ervIce to Jehovah.
In t h l h ; cnsc M n c : the elernenhlnybe t h ~ p&re depressed nnd
iRv
01
p r l m o ~ y doctrines
nrrd
~11courngemenk. Are
bout chrlst. rhey should
some mjssmg meetings or In press
on
to rornp1,lrlc ths buildothw ! ~ n y dnckening
~
off in
ujc or nupn'strl~cture that
2heI1~scwlce to Jehovah? Do
:esta upon thnt foundation,
BOln! trnvel alone to meetnamely, tlle ?nore r~rlvunccd
Jnas anti flold m r v h through
Rrtching nlloul aod'a purpose
clnngeraus neighborhoods? Do m revealclcd Lluaup.h his Son.
younger ones need help in
W 22/15 8

mrn

.. .

j~%m?nM"h.241,

Friday, Fsbmmy M
you desptre tiw ti&s of
his ktndac8a nn$ forbearance
and Eony-suflcrrng, become
[ow do rtot Ctiow thet the
rndly qsarlty 01 God t s hy-

I%

Znn to

repentance?
--itom. 2:e.
The lnitial maotion of the
i ~ t h e rto hle prodigal son m u
to mlnd these words of Paul.
lcnrl ?FOU l o

(LuIce 16 2 0 ) Yes, Jehovah


I3cd exprcssps rlphteous anger n t wrortgdnl!lg. But he
dncs not r ~ r n n i n angry forever Sl th@ ~rrongdofngw s .
1Ir k n o w zhnt warm merw
11118 ~nnrvciousdrawing qualii.lcs to h r l n ~repcntatlt mollgrlanra hrtck to i,l~epoint whwe
they onn Ilo he*ilccl. W s today
Ihcrelol.cl do not want to be
11kc tho elrler brother of the
pnrahlc Whn nt flrst was not
nt oll hnptr

K,Ztt?EL E!

cmnt
c ~ l v t lhnck, Rntl~cr. we a f l l
seek lo row n ~ ~ r s ~ l vsons
cs

TO be moesssiu ol wmrsa,
av* trdnlng rnuh
tam.
Parents must know w t a t they
want and what 1C will tnke t o
u c c o m p l l ~ t ~it, It Is ~ ~ t ol d
have 111 mlllrl a plcturc nI the
desired r.r~l11tand to diacusa
I t to~ether.The ~ o n ~holrld
l
he
to prodaco nn ~irlult nhlo to
tlilnk fur Illrnaclf, one ffevoted to r l ~ ~ 1 1 ~ e o ~ ~ tImOw1esn.
Ing Ootl, hnvltl~the wlll nnd
determlnatlol~ to flt?rW God
in ImlLntlon o l Jeat~s IShrtst,
and flridir~r: p l c m r t : In dnll~g
things f n r otller 1lcopTe. Brit
.rr.here 1rnlnl11~ i s lrft to
chwce. l l l c result Irr shame
for the pnrents. W 2 / 1 8 , 1
Srmday, Fohrttary ZS
oo m bringdnu
them ?~p
in
discipline and
mental-regulating o l Jehouah.

Fathws,

..

-Epl~. 8:4.

It Is h u a thnt In m a Inntanim thr ]lnrmlm do not


hnm thr wri~lnr educatlnn

Ihnt thclr chltclr~n wc now


rccdvlnr. Bmnr llmnts have
cnmc from ni~othw crmntry,
nncl when thrlr chlldran Eo to
school llrry ~ n n n t ~ it,ho
'
llrw
langunrc, Imt thr, pnrrtrb (lo
not, In worlrlly fnrni1y clrclca
the cllllclren untler t,hrw clrcumstnucra often ndopt n aziperlor nttltutle townrd thrlr
parents. Rut pn~rtlts need
never frel inferior !FI& 1):RBhwdny, Fcbmarg 22
oi mmr mich mndltion.
The rod and reproof we s~Iadt causa
poBilion of autliorltv In
gioe toisdnm: htlt a bW let Their
the
ho~~schold
l a and-rlvcn.
on the loo$# will be causfng Furthermore, their
vrqnl's of
hin nmther sham.
exnericncr!
n
l
~
d
bnckFba~md
in
-Prov. 2 0 9 5 .
livlng Inakn them hrtlrr fllhd
One havlnp: ~uthorltymu&
lo support the fnmlly muemtually render nn account terlally, to mnnrtqo t,he horiseta the onr dclegntlng that
hold, nnd to tnko t h c lead In
authority. Thus ilnrenk have
fnrnltv sttidy nncl wor~hllr.
R hcnvy rrmo~lslbll!",in retir~ecn;dtcss of ltlre edkscntlon
InR thrir children In that they nnrl b~ckqrollntl OI the vnrm11sL itnrrwer to God for the rrlts Chrr: o i i ~ h tl a srbcdule
tr11::t ]~lncedItpon them. Their time' fm fnmilp ~ttlrlv. and
t h m j allow rnrh one to con~bl!&%t!onIncludes teaching
thclr chlldre!i t.hnt, in har- trlbltte w h ~ tha 18 nl)ls, for
mony wlth Qod's d,Jesua the ben~flt of Dthere, fiua
lcft a 'model for ua to follow heedlng Pnul'n words above.
hia s
maps rloacly.' (1 Pet, 2:Zl) w 2 / 1 aa, aa

of our cenvpnly FRther


jrnltni,lng JeZlovnh'h compns~1rnni.c exnlnple He, as t h B
Oncl of eternity, 18 the ChleE
Eldc-r. tbn C+l.ertt Shepherd
nnd OWr:;rclqof our sorlls. His
exnmple i f i alwrags the r i ~ h t
one to folFow and cnn guide
us 11% mnny prnctlcal w a ~ s .
-1 Pet. 2:28. W 8/L la, 1 3

Monday, Febfllary 24
Whoener exalt.$ himsell wil
ba ltumbled, and whoever
htimblea ltiMeJl will be
mnIlcd.-Matt.

23312.

There might very well bc


K brothers in h e i r lab
n6 or enriy twenties Fn tht
conwqatlon who can gIvr
nlorc pollshed student talk
t11a11 some of the other brothers, but thls does not qualify
t,llom to 11e elders. Fr!
morc
i a lnvolvecl in eldersh~p. Tllc
anme IN true of chlldren as
compared ta their parents
wlthln the family circle. The
clrtl(linm,if they have greater
nblHt In cerlnln directions,
cnn $0 helped to al)preeiattte
Zh~lt It !=Inot merely ~ n k l l i Krllce tllnt coullts with Jehnvnh, but humllity and
drpth Of devotion. dehorn's
A s ~ l r l t will make up for any
luck that a pnrcnt might feel.
So, pnrents, confidentig 101-

and wlll do, one wMlld never


want ta Bimppolnt him or incur his dlslrlcnmre, Solomon
later sdd: ' ' T l l ~ fear ot ,yehovah means the hating of
bad." (Prov. R:lSF So, lor
oce Wtlrft:lly to say that nno
hnq thls Oocllg icnr. 5nrn must
back it up by dcrnollatrntln~i~
hatred l o r what 1s hnrl. One
Inky hsvc to ninke Rnnlr: rml
changes In otlc's l l f ~ to ~ O I I fornt t o the stnndnrcl ol rlahtcol~snesat h n t OotE has astabIlshed. Praper fcnr, reverenoe
and awe 01 Jehovnh lny tho
foulidatton for knowlod~o uf
the truc God alltl 1118 Ilnlrcrnr.
W 3/15 0

\YodnWy, February 26
Trrrst in JchauoJl mfth ntl

and do not laor&


otrlrr tlndcrslund:no. Rr all $our rcrt!~n Inka
notfee of hfnl and 11c hln;pottr heart
ulmr yorfr

S f l f #ill
m d e yotw pnthj
low the Scriptural arrancestru:sht.-rrw. 3:s. 6.
ment fur the famllv study.
young 11copIe w i ; ~ w m t
irrc..raectlve OF the h ~ w e n t to YOU
do the all! of Uotl shol~ld
mental ahillties of the various cultivnto
a lovo for OoAr.q
mctnhers of your family. Let
the Dihla. Study f l ,
your children learn the lw- Word,
ponder over what it navlr.
Ron of humility by fully wtreasure up 11s Irutha, obi
operatlnp;, helping to build ~p .ts commnndmmLq nnd Ilve
one nnotber mid so prove that
3y its princlplea of rllrhteousthey nrc Indeed Ghrlfit's dlsless. Wh11t dues It menn t a
clllles. W 2 / 1 23, 24
taka notlco of Jehnvnh In
ill your w a y ' ? f t nwnnn to
nlontfay, February 25
t c k n o w l e d ~ c fehovnh, cspc:!filly by r l s l n ~ whnt, he any%
The teat ol JP&U?L ia the
Iregl?8nfn~01 knotokdge.
ve shot~ld (lo, t o fdtow his
rays. !
I yo11 do thnt, 310 ulll
-ROW.
1 :7.
Ilrect and ~ u l d eyour m y n
Slam a howledge of the
~ n t iyo11 will h n ~ n ROO^ ALIC:
bus QM is .w beneficis1 and
,es3 and rrljoy d i v l ~ ~ favr)r.
o
rencllly nvnllable, why Is I t
qollow!nu t h a t ~ o o d advlce,
thnt so few 01 mankind hare
?ou will not becnn~e rct)elIt? Often the reason i s t h a t
ious becauao of the mnny cvib
they tisve the wrong attltude
#I this present .system of
towartl Jehovah and his Word.
h i n g ~ .You wnll Itnow thnl
One esscntinl is stated by
his wloketl Byfitom or thln~rl
Bolomou, one of the wisest
annot bo refortnrd, sn thcro
lncn h a t cvm lived, Thls
does not mean t h a t one m ~ l d s no n e ~ dt o hrco~nc henlcd
~p in nnger nnd engage In
Irnr nod in t h e m y one would
lolent proteat, To the confear an enemv who was trying
rmy, llfiten to sl~rl.follow tila
to harm one Rnther, mt of
r w e c l for W d acd in aprlx m~ln.wl of Pwlm 37:B, 9.
prcc:ntion ot all he ~ B Sdone
V 5 / 1 lB, la

Thmsiby, February 21
Frlflny, February f 8
Do not Became young chitdtsn Moat trub I say to you, If
in pourers of understandfag, n n y m abswves my word, he
B a t be babes m to badr~css; mfll rlevcr aree cicoth at all.
yet become jull-gra!u~t f j i
powers of understand~np.
-1 Cor. 14:20.

-3ohn 8:5I,
It le ta t h e welt-snotnted
Chrlatlana who wlH rule In tna
Jn& as a man cnnaot b- Kluudom t l ~ n t most OI
the
come a child by sctlng In CllrlsCinn Grrak s c r l g t t ~ r a is
a chfldiah way, thc mnture dircctcrl. In the nbove words
Chnsttan does not become Im- Ct~rl.stob~iouiilyBlrl not mean
mature t h o u g h XvranR nc- thnt tho npofltlm and others
irons. But h e Can heooine who Roun woulrl be ano111ted
cwrupt; and lose his R ~ ~ I ' O V C ~1~1th110ly npivil woutcl I I ~ V C ~
standing with Cfod. Wfl mllRI; Ernw olrl nnrl die. Jle knew
be on guard against let1 l n tho
~
thnt ioln tholn to Pecrive the
modd infiuerlce our t h i n k l ~ ~ ,11cn~Bnly ~~runrrlt h ~ y mrmt
beclouding it and calixlnl! us
r l j r ~ . Golfla intrntlx~earlier Jet o act foolisl~ly. Urrtrill~lY sur; hnrl tulcl them that lie
Christians do nct ~ ? ? e dCXIllmnclC would dle nnd then
perknce in 'bndncm and he r~.uurrrrt~d,All of his
~rrongdoing. nor sliollld they
~nolntcd inllawers, too, had
went or seek such. When I t to dir to bccome irnmatnl
comes to dli;hone.* clealln~s rulers In h l ~kingdom. Then
with othera, plnyinr: t1w rnla
how would srlch ones "neT,,er
of & hypocrite, or purrrului! acr dcnth nt nll"7 In thnt by
sexually fmmornl or prrvrrtc,ti \wins! Inltl~ful ~ t n t i l rlenth
nssociationa, Cliriatinna ciu~hl, t h y \vo111rlucvcr \)c h ~ r m c d
t o be us babes, h~tlncent I I I I ~ lly ltla J ~ U I I H I J c l d ~ t t l ,h~ borne
inexperienced. Yct lu cllallr~- r~ut by RnovoIntlon 2:10, 11.
gulshlng r i ~ h t frum wrrlllu,
Tllna, nftrr t>cing resurrected,
they should be at1 n(t~llt,r~
t111tb
they wH1 lorcvcr bc klnga In
nre flrm for what Is rlgllC nild
not easily gwaycd by tiinooll~ Ilrnven, to tho henoflt of ~ l l ,
1Y 6 / 1 5 0 , 10, l l a
talk. W 2 / 1 5 13, 14
Imitate Gad by Showln#

-Eph.

".

maus multiplg in tha hunlnn


heart, but t b pplrrpusc ol

Yah~aehstands pr?n+-PrOu.
19:21, Jerusalem Biblo.
It ia comforting to Imew
that, whereas human pliUI8
for mankind are foiling, tilo
purpose, of a lovlng Crentm 1%
succcedlng. Tho failure af human plans is causing all of
ue hardship nnd concern. But
faith in God strenstllcna us
t o look ahead to our enjoying
eternal good from the 5 U f 0
success of Hls purpaqe. Ro
never necBs to lenrn from
such W n g a as previous mtstakes, for i-.e makes none. Mcn

Mercy for Manldnd.

b:1, 2,

n~inmletnkes. but they hsm


tho Wenkr~emof repeating t h e
.#nrne mialnkes. Frilt~re iolInwr. Pcs, thc wlse observation
nbove, na tnndc about three

ttlr~usRnclyears a40 nntl es recorrl~clI I I Qnd'n Wo~.rl,remains


~~ncoutcstal~lc
even Inday. Humnri plnns, scllarne~ nnd devlcca hlave r n i ~ l l l ~ ~ ltliroughled
o ~ l l tlic ppsl, CCllCurlng and
mlllsni~l~lrns,
but t,hry have all
fnllerl. Whnt, though, about
tho "purpose ol Ynhweh"? I t
sllll ~ t m d sArm, unchmged.
It aontl!ll~eRt o prevail and t o
more Iorwsrd Ee brrllfhnt BUCcess. W I O J I S 1, D, 10

ing. hers wma e faw moh


Imtdag, I)l[arcb 2
in pre-Christian tlmm, Jeaua
Tha Rock, perject is hi8 acChrist and hle t u t ~ o w s r a
tivity, for all his ?oays are
walked h t l ~ clight. And tile
fldatice, 4 G o d a! farthfutness,
pnrable of tila whcst mrl tlle
r t l . l ? ~ whom t?lrer~ta no injtuneeds hdlcnW tdhnt In thc
lice; tkghteolls and upright
centuries 6hncc then mine
fs he.-Detrt. 32:P.
wnlked lr, the Ilnht, Arr
When ~t comes t o demon- have
f!~lfllImmrt of thnt pnrBtmtlnr: R s11perIuWve degre the
able ,ync)rec Ib culrnlnntlo~~,
of fni ll~fulness, who parhcuthe sons of thc lrlt~~dnnl"
larly comes to your mmd? It
w c glovilled in tl-rr rsLi111al~ould be none o t h ~ r than
Kln~dorn, n ~ ~ ~ n i n l i t ~ t
J ~ h o v a l l LMcl, the fa~tllrul 118Iled
Crenlor" af the heavens md yet on errrth ehinlrig "8B
brightly
a* Ihe sun," ttl8penntlit: c~l'th,(1 Pet. 4:19) T h e
in^ spiritusl snll~htsnrnenlHO
cu~luriug sun and moon are
that
other8
m ~ y
1)r ~nlhrrrbrl
ap~~rollrlste
tokens of the unonto tho hltlc of Clorl for rlrrschnn~onhlenemof his purpose.
13.24-:10, 3r;1118 trtixtworthlnem ~ ~ f l ~d% ~ervntlun-Mall.
'43. W 9 / 1 5 1
~ P L R (lellt.r~dat~ility.Mnn can
plnn 1 1 1 ~ 1 work with condRrrmdmyr, March 4
tierroe, tt untlrl~ Ln llie stnbl1Ity o l Ihc Creator's works. It Pmple of tha natlons, atslnnrls to rcason that. man thoaglk not pupllrsri:ng rlphcnn nlm l e a r : ~infinitely much
t e o u s r w , caught Irp w ~ l h
Il'om a faithful God who has r;glrteormnasa, tlic ~ I A ~ ~ G O E I I P p r u ~ e dscr relrnble, not onIg !FI ness lltaE rcsulis fro??^ fatlh.
w11nt he has said, but aIso In
-Ronr. IF:30.
ull~nthe hns dme. It should
Thtm Paul wrote l o t
h: noIle c x p e c M that this i s ~ t l ~ f u lmans CanccminR t h e faith
Got1 Jehovah would look for that leadb: l,o !I~hleoum~s~."
t.11ls same chwncteristic among It la quite cvldrt~t lhnl rlue
l,l~urewho truly worship him.
to Peiil's evnn~:r*llsn~mnuy
Wllri his complete powers of
Q%nCIIc$were rtttlc(l to caLc.1~
ollflcrvatlon, the living God up wlth ~~I~htui~un~lctla,
'rho
Jrhavftll discerns with accuother dlnclptes, loo, bhro1i~I1
rrtcp our earnest efforts t o
their teachln~in tnnny clt1c.q
serve and p l e m hfm. W 9:1
brought thousnnds o l Oenllles
3 -5
to a knowlerluc of Chrlst .resun, and Ilirhc cn~igilt1111 wltlt
nIo~day,Msrch S
r i ~ h t e u u a r ~ cthe
~ ~ . ~.lghtm~~?iTlca god oj tlrfs allatem of ness tll:~t rrsolta Imln Inith
th.tlge
Wlnrlcd the minds
In t h e Sn!i or Oi~rl.I'rrln~w11trt
nl tlrs tinbelieuers, tlmt t l z
PRlzl pOlhtC[I UII!, to tilt! Jeit-3
flluminatiojk o j the grwiorrs
who rn:~dc g ~ c n t crTo1-b l o
qood trcrus a7)oltt the Christ.
keep t h e Morltlo Inw, t1ii-y
m!olrt trot shine throriyl~. were nckcr nlhc t o att~llrlrixh-2 cm. 4:4.
teousness. "Wlw was IhialP JleThia does not mean bnthat
cause their eit01.h WCLIR 1ioC
the II hC from Go! and his based or1 fnith, but ( m they
Ban
not reach~ng aorne
jupposerl) on derrlu."' (Ro~n.
nmmg mallkind and thm
D:J2, Nelu B?r(;l;aA nlble) Tile
frci?lnE them from the darklaw that wns slvcri to Ihe Jrws
nrrm. aml nnd his 6011 have was to be a tulor l e n d l n ~tllcm
provlded the l i ~ h tof truth te
io Chrlst, Yet I ~ O R L of thcm,
A U C ~
nn extent that throughbcklna lalth, bl un~bleat ovcr
otil the history of rnankrnd
:he very one to nI?oln Ood'a
thrre have been some who
*Ighteous lnw wns directitt~
hnva wnlked in the light and
ihem, namdy, Qod's Son. I Y
hare 11nd the Crentor's blesst/I 6. 6

...

wdne5aay, MamL

Becvme imitators of Go@.

-&h.
5:I.
Wen has it been 0thBt " m a n is an Imitntlva
creatuy" and thnt "It 1s by
~rnltatmn, far more tlran by
precept, that we learn @verythmg.'VArlstotle said: "TO
~rnitate% ~r~stlnctive
In mnn
from his in;rmcy." It Ila tnre.
We all s h r t out in Hfe imltat~ng.A chilrl lenrns lo wnlk
to feed himself, to Calk, n1)d
60 forth, not by rending I~cHhrn.
not so much even bv expllclt
i~xitruction. Rnther, 'it Ln by
lrnitnting hls parents or hla
older brothers and sisters. At14
R e continue througii llre imitatlng others, oft-n uncurlsciously, In v!ew o t the Impartznee of t h e imitative lnstlnct
in hurnmklnd. horn vital I t 1R
t o look at the r l ~ h texamptl
Yet obvlously the majorltr. of
manklnd, althowh rlnlmlnR
to womhlp Gml, lur srrGrl lry
their p e r f m l n ~ r:r l l d r ~ r ~riels,
s
nre I m i t n t l n ~ Imrl mtnm[)lra,
for look at all tho atlnio. Ilnmorality and wnr 111 whlrh
people seemlnKly sverywlirra
enpzEe, I n t l ~ l s' reqnvd, Llir~o
Is no better c x n m p l ~lor 11.: to
irnltate thnn thot of Jehovnh
God himself. W 3 / 1 1-3

Thumdsg, March 6
Whm J was a chikd T u M Q
chqd's Fmguage, took A ch'ld's
u i m s , m d e a chfEdB eatcuFatiom: since f lrnve becons
a man I hrrve suprrsedcrl Iha
child's mop.-l
Cos. 1 3 : I J ,
Byhaton.
Tbmgh not usually thought
of as mature ChriaMans, children, too, can manifeat ndvancement in spiritual values,
There cornea a tlmlc In a
child's Me when he la expected to rmtgrow ahlldlsh
views and ways. 01 hh own
experience, P R U ~mob the
above. Are you, as a child,
progressi-mly dortrg nwny wlth

ahlldhh tralta? Am you as-

aumlnlr rasponslbl1itle.a ln the


I~ornc,helplnr mlt where you
crirl to ninke I P ~work
S for
yotir pnr~nL5'~
Do you look for
npporlrInlCles to da t h h g s ?
o r , do yoti &HI have to b
i
Irhical mprr~tedlyto help with
Zhlngs nrld than do you re~ p o n r hnll-hcnrledlp?
l
Da you
show Irlillntm~vetn building
g c ~#elf
~ i u p ~iplrltu&lly? 011
yuirr own do vou rend the
R I ~ I Rnndl nibio study alde
and prrprbre Tor the meetings?
I>o yo11 npptrcir~ts Ilknt o h rllcnca to your pfrrcnts is right
iund IH n Irrnjor rvny In wlilch
vnu can plriuie Jchovnh Cd'?

iv

2/15 a d 1 ~

PHdur, March 7
OW Fatlrcr ift the hmemI Iet

ymr n n w he sanctified. Let


yottt kingdam came. Let y w r
wlft tnkr: place, a r fn Jteat*en,
oIno uporr eortlr,rNnti.
6:9, ID.
k b r mom thnn nineteen
cel~tiirIcrr Clis h l m l ~ h l y God
hlin llslcnerl tO l110 1)rrtyer rc~rrtcrlly olloretl lo him by
Iiu~r!who rollow the It,nchlna
trr tlla %?rrrlori nn tho Mo!int.
Alrnll:ht,y Clorl ~ R Hnal rulervl.1 rrl tllnl inAl111~ed1)rnyer
bci'oln mow hocnz~se hia own
n~)pn!nCrltlmt! h:td not corns,
Tlmt prltycr WRS t n u ~ h tby a
nlnri wllu hpllrved in Gud's
k r ~ l ~ d o rto
n tllc ccry imLnt of
a.~criflclnr: hls ltfc In furtherIcrwc of thr lntrrests aE that
lr~r~r!riom.A I:k!se
Messiah
truulrl not do srich a thing.
IH Ills Sermon on the Mount
hc ~ i i >or~ly
t
taugilt hi8 hearers
l o ]lrRY for Gwl'a kingdom,
b ~ 11lso
~ t told t h ~ n l :"1Cecp on,
thon, ~ s e k l n firfit the klnF:;
dnm an4 h' rlghtennsneas
( M ~ t t .13:30) 111 hlr: R ( ~ ~ I C
tio~inlworlc WrnunR bile Illhablttrntfi or Pntestlne hla opeuhp:theme wna lhe Kingdom.
(Matt. 4:17) FulflJlment of
hl:: great prophecy ~ I l o w athat
man our prnycra for Jellovah's
lkLU~d0mwill be nnywered. W

1'"

1 / 1 5 4a

~ -

do haw the m h d of
Chrid.-l Car. 2:16.
HOWcan one develop the
mind of ChrM snd become a
truly aptritual person? A regUlnr sWdy or God's Word ba
cssentbal, and along with study
rrcdltal~o~l
1s required. Do not
~ n ~ s l a k r r ~Lhink
ly
of meditation as n pnssivc process. It
l,nlce& poslklve, dellberats efl u ~ t .Dnlly reading of the Bible itself should be made part
or 0111- llfe, slnce by such
rcndlng we learn of t h e life of
Jcaus and of other spirltunl
lncn who had God'a approvnl.
B I I ~tlmc mu& nlso lle spent
consldct in# how thls material
trpllllrs pel.sonnlly, how it sets
otic rilrnr t from the world. In
t i u s way there is further fntrrldhrrt!on of God's thtnking
Into o:rr mhd, letting 1t bend
or urge our own t h m u prncssscs m Ehe proper dnectron.
A f t r r read~ng a portion of
grripture. ask yourself: "HOW
can 1 use thrs to avoid repeatin^ paqt mistakes? How does
1C anhance my appreciation of
Jehovah's goodness and swell
within me a deslre to be Iike
him?*' In thls way we see how
to imitate C W and not the
fleshly world. W 4 / 1 12-14

We

this guneration a in your


home, do you?
we hava
to faca the inch thnt Chrlatian
youths. QR %ell n.g rrrlults. can
be Ir,flucncerl b worlrllv pcople nrotlnd tKcm Worlrll

#UP

thtnkln~cnn be nd*pld, n n 2
if A person IRnot on gunrrl,
ihc can tw Inshi.shltrnetl bv thlu
sptern of thltljis. T h e dmnt:cr
for Chrlslfnrlr, 14 tlicre, nnrl it
cxa be n real i)attle. It IS not
to b minlrnlaerl. I1 la n sl.rupgle agalnat I~nitatlng world1
~ e n p l e ,whetl~ei.younff or olcf

Yauu
need

ChrlRtlmH enpeclnlly

fo heed t h e wortI~of tho

upostle Fnill W 6 / 1 2-4

Mmrlny, Mhrrh 10
Do not hold back dfmfplfne
J r m the olere bo9. In cnnr!
y07C beat him ttrrllb tk raA. he
wtfl nnl dle. Witlt ihe rod ou
yottrself shortld kcat hlnt, taat
wt~mav dciitorr hfs ver71
soul rom Shrol itsell.
-Lrov.

22:13. 1 4 .
wl~r

In Isrnsmel, n rorl

an

chnatlaemcnt,
as Jehovnh rsnid conrtrning
instrument of
David's

succcsaor,

Sulomon,

(2 &am. 7:14)
Row Ihla
pnrentnl rod of a~!tboriacd
chasttwmsnt la used 18 ti wrlous mntter, Parsnta ure ttccountable to G o d . who ulvca
the nulhmltg to ehnstiae, to
use the "rod" properly. l"al1ura
to do so mrry IVCII result in
death
ta Lhe chktd. ns the
Do not i m i t ~ t ethe rwgr of this
wid,--Ram. fZ:.?, Lapmverb stntcs. ns well ns d1The generation gap js a vinr: disspplwal or the pnrbrcakdoun In communimtion enh. Jehovnh hlmsclf ach the
md underskmdm~: between
cxamgle !n the proper cxcrclsa
y o u t h mid adults. World wlde
of fatherly nuthoriLg Go dbclthouqh thia gap may be, pllne, er poinled out nt Howhmt about Christian homes? brews 1237, 9, 10. Jehovnh
should there be such a gap disciplines hie pcopIe, n o t boI n the Christian home? Wdl,
cause he i s Irdtalcd, bul "for
&re true C?ristians part of ou? profit," that we mng huvo
the world? Jesus Christ made his npproval and Ilve. He cxit ctenr that Christians should pects Chrbtk~nlathera to do
be "na part of the ~~orlct.'~llkewise toward their ohlltfren,
(John 1S:LS). 80 if you are a with a view to their becornln~
true Chrintlan, whether Dung true dlsclple! of I*
Son. Ilr
or old, you want PO part of 2 i l 8

Tuesday, Maroh 11
Whether you eat or drink, at
whatever ymi arc teo!ng. do all
for tlte honour of God.-1 COr.
10:31, New English Dlbla.
Many plm their vocntlom
so as to benefit to the full
from one of the large conventions held each rear. 80 wllcn
you personally @re thought to
wenmas, ~vcekenda or vncntions, FeAect on your 6tauding
before God and Chrisl.. Elldeavor t o do Lhat .whIch \!*ill
be refrwhing t o you. Xlrcvc ns
your goal gainlna sLrenatll
that you will put to gotjd uho
in continued servlco to Ood
after the "free" pcriod In ?vrr.
Whlle the ~ v w l dlnsy Nay Gct
swny for r aRlrile rulrl iarr.et
r o w re~ularroutine,' demonstrate iour spprcckntlon mr
what God mci Christ hnva
done for you Avnfd thinns
that could distllrh yr)ur tollsctence unU C R I ~ Syou
~
to Irruk
beck wlth regrtt on ultnt
might othmlse have beell k
rcfreshlng time. Really, L h
servant of God xhaultl hnvc 111
mind dolng nll thlnxs 1,0 tho
glory or his Creatar. Thouch
Imperfect, he shoillcl 5trlv0 l o
control sinful Inciinntion~nnd
not 'present himself ns n nlnvo
of sin.'- om. 6:16. LV 6 / 1 5
?8-30

ry an unballwet. Evem kt the


counael in Ignored, the elders
will lovln ly try to help such
a one ns 50nr as this one rernalnT n pni t of the Chriatleu
crngr8i:stlnrt. ?he elders n e d
not I ~ e ldlscak~rnged it them

ndv1ce la ~ ~ n o r c dbut
,
thcy
shu~rld rsmcml)cr w h n t Pa21
urnto, rn q11ot~r1ahorc. Also,
l11 l h e Hnltl nualysis. "eat:
olle will r r r i ~ yIlls own load.
(Clnl. l1:tl) In ~ r l t n r dto givill[: smh cn~it~l.:r$l,
t;omething
iit~nortni~t~ l l o Irl
u hc lenlVned
fl-c;ln tho exi~~r~l>lo
of Jehovah:
nc klntl, l x (,t~ctlut,but he
slloclBc, Millte sure thnl, the
one being rounscletl g r t s t h e
point. W 7 / 1 5 lo, 11

Thumd~y*Mlvch IS
Whflc Ire tuns yet a long mag
on, hf8 all:rr caught 8:ght of

~
flu,
hj R j l b fiIn8 ~ ? W V Cl0flh
artd 111: rorr nnd IrEI upon hvs
r~rcknnrl ? r ? ~ d r r lkfsscrl
y
Irfm,

. - r , u k ~ 15:2u.

Tho pnr111l:cof the prdigtIl


non prnvldrs ilnc Innlglit into

JchOvnh'fl ~idlnl:.ablo attitJude


or mercy nnrl connlclerntencss.
Tho rcrlr:llu~~of IIw inther In
ti18 )~nl~ttblo
tunon Ibc i.eturn
nI hl:~wnvnsrrl rion cxeniplrflag 1r1 n 'very nppealing lvsy
what tho henve!~ly P'nther,
.rchovnh Qod, 1q Ilke. The son
hnrl nqrlnndpreed Iris tlmc nnd
tnoney In n debnucherl hfe.
Wehesibg, March 1%
C(itnfnZ itlto ovciry nnd hunGod's steword
must bc
yet-, 1" "d1Lci m itt,rn to
selj-crmtrolied. He ?nust ad~ t ? t Intlwr.
WIIC:I rntehfng
here to the true doctrfne, so ntirht nr 111s son In t h e (11sthat he may be roe21 able boll& krilcfl, Eha Inthcr clld not say:
to mom his laearels i v + t l ~ 9 nm n o t ~01116: t a move an
ivholesome teucl~lnr, rind
Inch or sny one word untH
t o conf?;te fibjeclW8.
t h n t sinner ootnca rkht te my
-Titus I:?-P New
r ~ c nnd
t
rorrnnlly request8 to
English ~ i h l c .
IJF ~cccptrd linek,' No, but
srolny: h!s son h.c!nrllnpl toward
An uumarded member Of
the conncgatlon mny be hnv- hirn nnd, In cll'crct, cliacerl~~ng
Ing close n . ~ s f i ~ l ~ t lwith
o n nn what wus In 111s 8011'3 mind,
unkellever of the opposite sex. tho Icalhcr want to meel him.
The elders wlll oiror nppro- 11 wnr;--not belare--hut after
priate Scriptural counsel cx- t,l~ls fatherly axpression o f
plty thnt the mn's formal askplainiiog how God views matter&* shmlng that 11 IS r 8 ~ l l y lnq of for~lvenewtook Islace.
W I I I 10, I1
against Jehomh's l a w to mnr-

. ..

. ..

Monday, Mhmh 17
Knotn thia, mjl beloved broth-

congregations of Jehovah's
Pkidmy, Marah 14
have n o w come more
Let w make man in our im- people
fully Into line wlth the Scrip-

.. . . .
-Gen.

age,
and let t h m haw In
subjecth
, all the earth.
1:26.

Do these words mean that


man racetved a considerable
degree of ownership when he
was created and given this
commission? It might be ar-

gued that this was so. Did not


man's being created in God's
lmage include the ability ta
exercise ownership? Other
scriptures rniaht come to mind
g~vtngsupport to this. (Gen.
9 3 ; Ps. 8 : 6 ; 115:16) Yw, it IS
agreed that thew texts speak
of ownershrp, hut at the mo?L
It Is only to a limlled extent.
This IS cviclmb when in each
case we look at the context,
which is always important 111
seeka nroper understandmg. From such contexts rue
can appreciate that man wns
oripSnally given a position of
g r e ~ tttrut and responsibility.
Created m God's image as a
free morn1 ngent, he had dI
the necessary ability l o meet
every requirement. Jehovah
was the Landowner. Man was
the tenant farmer. comrnlssloned to become the global
caretaker. He was given a
sawed trust and stewardship.

W 1 0 / 1 5, 6 , 8

Elatnnlay, March 15
The name o j the c i t y from
that day an wilt be Jehovah
HzmeEf Is There.
--Ezck. P8:35.
World conditions are not
the only evldence of the nearn e s of Jchnvah's day. We can
albG fin8 clear-cut evidence of
its nearness in what is going
on in Jehovah's true Christian
congre$ntron--in what JehoIfah i s doing wlth respect to
Ius people. From Ctd's dealings In recent years the new
order of rightewsness is seen
to be so close that we can see
it tnkmg shape right before
us. Conslder these developments: Organientlonally, the

ture~, with the arrangement


of elders and ministerial servmts. Also, they have been
aided to understand Etekiel's
vfion d the citylike peat of
worldwide adrmnlstrahon on
earth, eaEled ;:ehov~h
Himself I# There. Furthermore,
tiley now understand that the
"great crowd" of swv~vorsof
the "great tribulation" will be
the foundation of the "new
earth," the new earthly soclety broupht about by Christ's
thcuusand-yenr reign. W 1/15
17, i n

Bmduy, Mmrah 16
He will teach the meek ones

his urng,-Ps. 25:9.


To gailn the gift of accurate
knowledge of GocI m d hls
purposes, one must have the
proper estimation of the Son
of God. ( M ~ t t . 28:isj One
must also discard preconceived ideas and with open
mind let what one leal ns from
God's Word mold one's thinking and WRJ of W e , In nddition, one must have the p ~ o p er motive in studylng God's
Word. We must love God m
order to receive the personal
cift of accnrnte k n o w l c d ~ c .
And some thin^: else t h 3 -is
es.sential to receiving this
pr~celesugift from nod is referred l o bv David. So. a aerson who
proud cannot'expect to p;et this knowledge
until he changes his attitude.
We need to "become afi young
children," with open, teachable minds and hearts. (Matt.
183) This helps us to anpreciate tvhy so many men who
Rave made a11 malytlcal study
of the Bible and who may
know H e b r e ~ Greek
~ ~ , and Manralc still may not undmtand
such basic things as God's
purpose for this earth. Humility and reliance on Jehovah
God through his spLrit are

is

needed. W 3 / 1 5 9-12

ers. Ever ma% mllst be szoift


about haring, slow about
speaking.-4as. 1:19.
Elders should not try to tell
people what to do, but when
giving counsel they should be
very straightforward in explaining the Scriptural prlndples involved. Among the ways
in which elders can show that
they have true knowledge of
G o d is by the way they Ilskn
t o viewpoints expressed by
members of the cwgregation.
Surely Jehovah a o d always
knows how to handle any situation and always ha.?, matkrs completely - in control.
Thus, in dealing with unfaithful King Ahnb of Israel,
J e h o v ~ hallowed snaels to exy s s their viewpoihs as LO
ow to deal with Ahab. Certainly the Gad of the universe
did not need the advice of his
angels, but he Ilskned. On
other occasions God llstencd
to men. Whnt better wny for
an elder to feel the pulse nl
the congregation than La Ilsten to what others say and
take ~t to heart. How much
more effective a teacher this
will make the elder who listens!-1
XZ1. 22:19-23; Geu.
18:22-33. W 7 / 1 5 13, 1 4

men& placed on the children


of light. Even afkr we have
freed ourselves from the control of the powers of darkness
and have come into the light,
we face continued bomhardment from this system of
things. So it may be d~fficult
aC tlmes for some to practice
the truth, but they need to be
on guard so that they do not
return t o their former ways.
True, we all fall short at
times, but what m e the thhgs
that we practice? Are we reall y practicing the truth, or are
we holding back, deceiving
ourselves? W 5/15 5, 6

Wednesday, March 19
IJe suucd us and called us
with a Izoly cinlding, aot b y
rcason of ow works, but b#
reason of ?ah own purposs
and undeserved Xiadness.
-2

Tim. 1 : 9 .

How pur ose and undeswvtd kinrPness combine in


Ood'a opernllong for an excellent ehd is called to mr

nttention by a bringer of good


news during the first century
of our Common Era, the apost l e Paul. I n the above words
he admits that his being
called wlth a holy calllng was
nut Ily rcason o f meritorlous
aorks on his part, but was by
reason of the ''purpose and
undeserved klnchess" on tho
Xnesday, March 18
part of Jehovah God. The
If we make the statement:
same waa true in the case of
"WE are havlng a sharitLg Timothy. The callling in the
w f t h h'm." and yet we go m cases of Paul and Timothy
walking $n the darkness, we was not In the form of some
are Lyzng m d me not prac- strong inner impulse toward
ticing the truth.-I John 1 : 6 . their particuIar course of actlon or duty. Paul was directFor those coming In contact with the l ~ h there
t
Is ly called by the resurrected
often every possible Nndrance Christ, who appeared to Paul
while on the road to Damasplaced in their path, It m y
be pressure from relatives cus of Syria and who tOtd
who Aght against the l ~ g b t Paul that in Damascus he
of truth. It mny bs doubts would be Informed as to what
about the truthfulness of he should do, After Paul got
baptized as a Christian at
Qod's Word. It mag be pressure from associates one has Damascus, he promptly began
to do the things that he was
or one's awn sinful inelinatlom that make it hard to called and toid to do.-Act#
26:12-20. W I 1 ' 1 4, 6
live up t o the dlvlne require-

r n m d w , March 20
Btcome imitators of God, as
bsloved c1~tldren.-Kph. 5 2 .
Wc certainly do not want to
do as those of the world do.
Imlltnte either human 'gods"
01' the invlsiblc demons, do
we? tIow vital, therefore, that
Wc t~cerl Paul's ~nspired arlmonit~on!Doing so 1s a mfegunrtl agalilst becornlnf: ilnb
tators of any fahe gods. B u t
w h o Is the lrue God that we
m e urged t o imitate? The inspired Bllile psal~lllatanswers,
arldrcsslng thnt One: "You,
wl~oar!nnmo Is Jehovah, you
izlotlc! arc the Most Hifih over
1111 1 1 1 ~earth." IPS.83:lS) It
Is hccnuse uf his Creatorsh~p
nf all t l l i n ~ stllnt Jchovall ~s
Indccd GOD.

(Jer.

1 0 -10-12)

letter t h a t they nhoulel k11


out the Infmmntlnn thnt Jc-

&us is Lord find thnt Jchovr~h


God ralsed him franr t h e
dead. I n thnt n n y the Indlviciual wflt dnrl ~[tlvntlon.Of
colirse, one rroho lu ~ n v c r lIs R

u!nner. Ife overcolnes thc


worlil. He wftl anlrl lltc everInstlng. Pnul ernl~hnal'ea the
~lcccl ol inlCh, not ot11y in
these two thlnas, Jc.s!l:iP being
Lord and thc resul raction,
but, of courfie, In all I,he Lhinxa
that Jwun tttueht. T l i l s f l ~ l t h
must bo deep-ficntctl, not xuerficinl, noL somclhlnl: tllnt
~ I I S Lon tllc f r l l l . % ~ w
~ ~ .I / I
111. I 1

t;

Saturday, M a w h 22

Low fs Ionp-suflcring
Whrn ~ v cconsider the vastkind.-l Cor. 13:4.
ness 01 t h e universe, with :ts
This mennn more than just
bHIlons of starry galazes. truly 'ouv smnll md ms~gniAcant putting up with linrrlshlp but
implies putlent forhenrnnce of
we arc compared tu the Grcst
Creator, Jehovah ! T h e very unfnvornb le clrcumatnnccs. In
a famlly, Chrlatlritm rvlttl ~ m l thought of l m i t a t i n ~Hlrn may
ly lovc do m o w than j u ~ tenaecm s t a ~ e r i n gto our !magination. How il; it possible? It dure the Impcrfecttonr; of one
anothcr. (Cul. 3:13) Even 111
i s pclrslble lieca~rseof the way
sucli a close rt~lnl,lollslllpnil
Clod cmatsd us. That is, God
tllut; of lrusbn,trrl i t t ~ r l wile,
put in the Arst humans the
clifferlng vlcwpoiiils cnll fur a
pulenllal, the ability to exercise His o m qualities. They d~splayof this love. Wlint anc
wants
mey nut ba cspeclnlly
hccame his chiIdren. W 3/f
sppeitllnl: t o the ~ t l i r r . Are
11 -13
we g o l n ~to Insist on hnvlnf:

m a g , Mamb 21
The faitlr that reads ta rfghleownrss fa in t h e W ,and
ilre confesstort tbat k d to
aa1vai:on is upon the tips.
-Rom. 10:1O, New
English Bible.
We must prove by om actions that we beheve that Jesus has been exalted to a
position necond only to God.
(Phll. 2:8-11) Of course, in
order to believe that, every
Christian must ~ L S O belleve
thnL Jesue wns raisd from
t h e de:~d,and thnt Jehovah
God In heaven dld tllis for
his eon.
Show6 h his
letter that he was mmr.lnced
ol It, nnd he was -ng
EO

our own wry, or

RO

nlo!la

bemdr:ingly. m a l i l n ~the ncroslo!~ u8bp:ensni~l lor nlS7


One w l t l ~pxtlr Iow rvill ~ 1 1 1 tibate fin InlcrcE:t nrld flrld
enjoyrnclit In rvlrnt ptensr~
one's: rnz~te.Outsldc the Christian conqwfratior~ one Inny
hayo adc itlnnnl op~~ortutllty
to show lonfi-nulTarin~ when
tnlklns to rlc~~hbnra
nrid others about tho l3iblc'~ ~ o o U
newa. Borne nuly ~.cspnridvery
rlisceu~tco1~8ly
or e v w i rurlcly
t u a convers.ttlon nbuut Jetl<lvull Gud snd 111~ purposes,
Will the l o r l ~ :rninlnkr
~
war~C
to retnllnte s l t h sliarp norda
or cult renla+n? NQ, bccause he 1.s
lonu-suRerlng
end kind.'" W r / f 5 Sn

dure on UJ'e pwt, Thun the


Sunday, March 28
teym "aflmlniatratlon" does
Abhor mhut i!8 wicked,
not mean tlle Mcsslnnlc klng-Ronz. 1 2 9 .
dntn of HIR Son .Icaus Christ.
El we we to become Imita- TIlc Messltrh, howcvrr, Is the
tors of Jehmnh by abhorrfng
Ilnlncrrltul~nuent by menns of
hat is mieked wa ndll not
nlrom Jchornh Gtlrl nrlminishe watching T V progrntna or trts nll thithr,s. ??I@ elacd for
movies that fcoture violmre, n better nrltnh~.,;rst,iot~or
brutaIity, sexurl lminr!rnlity
rnrtnnJ:niE or ~ I ~ ~ I IL TI I CS n11and other forms af wlckwtwise Gorl Iureantv tony #.go,
ness. We cannot b p viewit~g nntl, nt:cmtllrlg to his good
s11eh things 1vltho~12becoml~irr Illrosurr,, he purpo.gcd Lo fnsllcalloused and no longer nl,tulc fiurh an ncln~lnlxbatlon.
horrin: them. Also, lo abhor
Ur~rler Ihnt arln~it~iatcrlngof
what is bad rnenns fSmL wo
nlfoirs 1)y him Lhr1.o tvitl come
mll be very c a r ~ f i ~
regal-rllr~p:
l
tho tu~~litcnlioii
of nll l,he peothe persons we chooee 11scoinIF Tlltlt wlll mwtn pence,
panlons, remernberlna ll~nC irkrmnn .y nnrt net.ul.lty cvcry"bad nssocrations spoil u::efr~l rvllerr on cnrth. W 10/15 20,
habits.''
(1 Cor. 15:93) Tlils
23
would include our glvlng loyal
support t o the action of IL
Tudny, Mkch 26
congrqption judicial committee hen it disiellowshlps n The person falllr~itltn what
pemm hecause of concll~ct la kart is j ~ i t h f t t t ulm f t i
unbecoming R C h r l ~ t i ~ Wa
~ i ~ . mrteli, and i!ic prrmri uti~ r ~ l r r r Is
l [ c a t is
should feel rlghteotta I r ~ d i ~ n r i - riglttr7nllrr (?I
ar~rlphko~tn
nlro i r ~IILNCA.
tion over thc bndlbwq cozn-Ltlkr- 1 G : l O .
m t t e d , and the rrywonch thr~t
How dara your wny of life
it brought upon dchovtch Owl
and the Christiun conarc1:rt- Compnro w l t l ~ Lllal npproved
tion. We shoulrl considcr l u ~ w In lho Bcrt1)trll.cs? In your
1111f)rrldati(1il
~ 0 1 1need not be
such a, had course colrlrl stulnk11cti Tncliig UP
ble new or inrlnnll~t'r! Ctr1.1~- tll~co~u.rr~~c.rl
' f t ~ c l for
tians. U'e should rcncl n:I (lid t<)C t o ( l ' ~~ ~ ~ ~ l ~lnntlard,
J e l ~ o v r ~ h~ ~ ~ ~ c o ~OUT
? ~ ~111l&cs
Pnul \'?hen he snirl. "Who la
hcrilcrl impcrlccllr~~s,
TIls dcsttmblcd, and I om not Inrn~rntltln e v w r s c e r ~ lo u ~
Hmils
censed?"-2 Cor. 11.28. W 3 / 1
In I)rlmlorrn.(f'!;. I U 3 : 1 4 ) Nev18, 17a
crll~rtpsu,holclin In a IaitSiIul
c0ur.w
1s not n L r y s ens? to
Monday, mreh X4
tla; cspccInllv is this true tuI t is accmding lo hfu goo6 dihy when I t Is ~ p * t l a rto do
preaeapure w I L ~ c ? ~ I1e p ~ r p o ~ c d ~0:';tl~t1s rkrht [I 011e*s onr
in himself for an d t r t ! n ~ i l t r a t o Ra tho W I ~ T of tile
t!m at the lull Jimit n/ tlrn cw yo ~~~sand
l c l .Blmple, wholchewted
appointed times, nnmety, to
Inllhlulne.q4, however, is engather atl things toq~lher
coumged reg?mdlo%s of t h e
agafn in t71e C I ~ r l s t .
n ~ n ~ ~ ~ l t of
r ~ thc
c l r !test, O n t h e
-Epl&. 1:9, 10.
nlllcl' hnnd, w am n o t always
It was God's euraoes ta ad- rcrtiilrrcl l o do nornell~ingareat
minister m a t t ~ io?~ pursue a to llrnva orn' fnlllihiln~na. It
wn.9 noL R, pi*onl trsL Lhnl Jecourse of action thnt would
lead to unlbczttion 111 'hoav- lrovnh put on Ad:~rti n11r1 Eve,
enly things aud 1n e ~ r t h l y The sltnp1lclt.v of t h a t test
things.' It wns accordh~a to
I n v u l v i t ~ ~them serves as tt
God's good pleas'ure that there
fine Illu~trnllon of the rinclaould be nn adminlstmtlon, PIP 8tnhv1 f r ~ u thousan{
~.
geors
B management, n st~v;nrrllnf:, ntcr 11). Om!% 8 0 ~ 1 .W 9 i l
I,p means of n apec!:rl 1): or+
0-i0

l"

Wndnosilay, Ma,reh 26
The reminder of Jehmmh is
i r i ~ t i a o r t h y snaking
.
the i m -

pEriCncFd one w!se.-Ps. 19:7.


Children have had on&
limkterf exwrlence In Irfe. B u t
If n chflcl Is realip helped to
uncl~ratnrtd the high valtte
tllnt lkie Scllptrires place o n
rxpcricnce nnrl how he perh O n r r ~ ~ yshoulcl be dert to
lcnrn ' from ench experience,
Lhen tla clllld ivlvltl likely have
i 1 1 ~r l ~ h tnttllitde toward the
hcl tho pnrent is glvmg and
~ I I ?illdeed k n d t from the
vnihious ovcnts that touch hts
l l t o ILR t h ~ !Years w by. Actunlly. 1111 & u s uurht W he
I r r i r r ~ l ntrom
~
r : ~ c hexllerlence
wrl hnvc. Anrl If n clliId realJ ~ c n tkii~t 111s psrents apprerSnte

thrv

tlrnt there are Iessons

tlrem~elres can lenm


Irom vnrious sltuatfons, then
ltc will I)c 1css apt to resent
hls own inexperience and be
mom receptive to the learning
procefia. Whnt do the Script l 1 r ~ 9ARY t~l)out experience?
'I'hcy soiindlq more those who
~tt~libornly
refuse t o listen and

1cnl.n from expcrlence. (Prov.


1 :22, 23) Moreover, chiM,ren

can bo taught that a b l e


koowlerlae can make Fern
wiser than ull the experience
of n Ilictlmfr. W 2IL 8-lOa

Thncndny, M R F P ~27
i%T~morhl
Date

Aftpr

p.m., 8.1:

Clod rccnmmends Ftfs own Ioae


to rts i n Iltnt, t~rhiletne were
$ ! n l l b f ~ C!lrht
,

did I
O
T 148.

-Ram. 5:8.
Bo thnt mnful, uudeserving
httmnna ctn~ldc h w to come
into mn npprowd relationship
wlth him nnd be freed from
hor~dn~ot o sin and death,
Got1 did n o t 6pwe his dearc s l Bnn Irom undcrqolng a
htlnrnrTn1 death. ~ h i n j rof it,
J r l ~ o v o hCtod dld this for hutnntlt tc+hho dld not even ack~lo\vlcr?nc 111s authority in
tl:rlr I!YPS. even as Paul pores.
'Tt:c #lurchme of sinlrzl man-

kind with ~reciolrsblood wm


8r1 wtstmdlng evldencs n l ~ o
ol JesuqQwn deep loeo, dea~ta
? i d for the world of ~nanklnrl
m general that dicl not nt:Imowlcdce my n c r w n t n l ~ l l ~ t y
to his r'nther. (1 John 2 . 2 )
h'oe, whnt l l ~ a n tvolrlrl linvc
been wllllti~ to do t h n t tor
propts \ ~ l ~hnd
u no respect for
h ~ sfather? We ru'n lurlebtcrt
t o Jesus Chrlrit for ~ ~ u r t ~ i ~ n s i t l ~
us a t tllc cost of h1s r>!vri 1Iru,
opening up I,O LIB he oppv~*tunlty to g ~ l nfreedom lroln
sin and death. In view ul
the rea at lnva of arrrl itnrl
Chrlsl. ~Iloulrlnot nilr IICRI IH
be slll-rctl t o wn!lC Lo r:r~lll
~IIu o 111iLl1fi1lIn Iholr srrvlcr.7
1V 6 / 1 5 12-14

XFrlday, Mnrrh 28
Let no man ever look down
on ymr poath. On Llre contrary, becon&@an cxampl~to
tb Init?lt?tl ones In spPnkln
rn conduct, tn tm, rn .tct~tiE:
in ctiasiet~css.-l T i m . P:l.?.
Often younR poplo go to

their youtliful companion!


and m k thrir aounscl, ixnor-

Inff what l,helr gnrrl-~ts rind


older ChrlAHnn RICH l l ~ v eto
say. such yollths rrrnlnd onn
of young kirlK Bel~ubtrrkm,He
asked lur, hrit tlwn lpnorrd
the advice of thr rlldrr m r ~ ;
who 1lnd bt=m hls fnt1lcr.g
~~~~~~~~~~8. liC1lol)onm 14 190
n ~ k r d cnunncl of tlls goilng
mcn wftll whom hc r m w ttp
They olxcred llim hnrl ndvlcc
nncl encour:iged 11lm to tnke R
harsh. ~ ~ n k l n rrotusr
l
or nction. The rrckrlt? Tn l o l l r ~ w l r l ~
t h e atlv~ce of tho younut!r
persons Lnstead of the olcisr.
men, Klnl: nchobr)tlm Irlst, fiva
sixtha of 111s klr~gtlum,nnrl 110
hart noLhlnE I n ~ t xorrnw nuti
tranble the rest of lllu tlre. OH
t h e o t h e ~hand, t,horo zvns :III
older man. tho npnstla PMII,
who dltl nol lresftnl~to ulvo
the g o ~ n man
~ : T~rnr)thv~ o n r l
counsel, which he ~lnclly ncceptcd and from ~vhlch Iio
~ r c a t l y benefltec?, Ale yoit
Like Trmol!!y' W S/I :!:I, 24

tuva b perfect? Yea, becaurre


the Bcrlptuw, even as In
Be child re?^ of vow haavenlp in
our cvejrydny eonvereatla the
Father, urlm mokea hIa gun word
la used In a
rise on good and bad alike, relativepcrfcct"
SPIISC. T h w I t mIaht
atrd sends the rain m tIkc
lw
::itlrl
t
h
n
t
n
thin^
Is perfect
honest and the dishonest.
i f i t complclely or fully serves
--Matt. 5:45, New
ttlc ytwlwr! lor which it. is:
English RIblc.
Thus we fit~dh'oah
An mankind, even the wick- nIntentlcrl
b l ) ( ~ k c n of 11% being
ed, benefit from ,God's mercy. " r~~~d~Job,,
r
f
e
r
(Ocn.
:l
B:!,: Joh 2.3,
He dws not mtlt21hold from
Vrvrsio?l) The Hebhem the things necessary for A~rlllurized
brcrv
nncl
Orrck
words SransUfe. Jesus citecl this qunltty
"pcr?rrl" hnve t l ~ esense
of Jehovah's undeserved k111rl- lt~tcrl
hellu: conlplclr, fully deness as an e x a n ~ l ~ l eto ue. or
velo >?ti, i n l r ~ c l , ' rvan as t h e
When Adnm ond Evo 'dl#~
n
a
l i ~ wrlrtl
I1
"llcrlcel" nlao 1s
obeyed G d ' s law 133 cnting m i
cirrl~lcrl,pi " C O ~ I I I I ~ C ~ Rsound,
,
the forbidden tree of Itnclwliin\.:los.u. w .?/I 1. ?a
edge of ~ o o dand bad, mercy
toward thell' unborn offsprin~
Monrlny, March 51.
prompted Jehovah to 1tl1aw
them to llve until chll(lih~:n Th;a Word Secorne fle~eah and
had been born. M a n y hnre
rcsidcd aamlg us. and we had
accepted the cantmwng una vfew o j lrts glwy,
and
deserved h d n e a nnd longhe toas I r i l t oj rtradsaertred
kindr~esf and twt?c.
suffering of Jehovuh find hnvw
not m ~ m diL< purpuw. I)uZ,
--Jnhn f :i4.
on the other hsllrE, crlttntlr~s
John hlla u~ that the
M h o n s since Adanl'rr rluy
Word who la "ln thc bosom
have used tllLP intcrvenlr~u onlt,lon wltlr t h o Vnthcr is
time period to live i l l opposllln rrrla tlrr~t Ilrk?i explnlned
tion to God"s stated will lnr
hltn." Ruwly this delightful
his creatures. But Got1 Irr riu
clv:;crlpt,loi~oi dvnue btenthw
more bound t o put u11 wllii
tho vnry nplrit uI n flno retllcm Lndeilnitelg t l i m 110 wrrH
lrilial~hlpnud n ready comobligated to Adam and Etrp, ~t~runlcitHon.T h l ~ ia rurlller
who went down Into rvrrlastwcrl 111 the tills "the Wold,"'
i ~ l adeath In due time, just
1111ich hnfl the meullin~:of a
ns Jehovah hnd decreed for sllokesrn~ul,like the offlcer In
them.
8/15 8 , 9
Iurrner times who sluod In
Irnnt of R ~ 1 1 ~ t ~ i lwindow
led
Sunday, March 80
nnrl co~lvcyc<lJ o u d to olhers
You must aollmdingI# be pertliu rncssnl7c ool thc king, who
Ject, as your heaueaIy Pat'alher
wns u t l s r r l i Inside. That omcer
zt:~sc111ltird Xal IZuirc, menn:s perfect.--.?lull. 5:45.
When you truly admlra
I I I ~"the voicr or rc.o:.d of the
someone, do you not want to kt~ig." God's Son was t h e
be like him? You may cverl
i3l)ulrenrntul for Iris Father, He
make s d e l i h n t s eRort to urrra Sllo t r ~ ~ s t w o r t h ymeans
imitate him. Chlldren nre lika
uI Conlrn~~nlcntlti~
to others
Ihat. GhoulA u7e 11c.lt fecl fllmlwi~ntcvri' thc Cl'rantar wifihed
larly about our hcttvelily Frlt n coovry, IIo faltt~fllllyserved
thsr, Jehovph Ctod? HOIV
truly
I11 l,ho mnu! nay rlurinr: hls
~al'thlymlnl~try.He wlll speak
desirable he i s in e v ~ r ywnyl
Hun bountifully he llna p i u nnd ~tbtIn I hr arune c,appncity
u d e d for us! Should rrro nut
rvhm he lentls the henvenly
be moved to want t a be Hka nrrnios in t i ~ v execution of
clod'^ r I ~ l ~ t c o juOme~ltR
i~s
~t
him? T o ubllatextent n'e clln
be Likc Qod, Jesus nns~~erctl. tlic bnll lc of H:rr-Mnycdon.
8 5 w t e m me imperlrct crrn\V 5 / 1 5 7. 8

...

m n ~AprlI4
,
TuWajI A p d 1

. , . fa rtlrvirag pawith w , not wishlng

Tim Lmd

tience
that 6np should perish but
thnt Q1I ahoaM go to repenthig.
-2
P t , 3 3 , Bylngton.

Adnm lorfelted perfect hulor MmseU and his


r l n b r l l oflsprlng. The ransum

mutl llfa

yrlce w s Jesus' slerfect humnll IIIr. It hehlg his life t h a t

rvns Glre pricp, Jesus s w e s


owrrarrhlp ef the human sate
With God, thc Oricinxtor of
tlir b r r n l ~ ~ e r n r t Tllnt
l~.
is why
t11n Rr:l.lj~tlirr.; spunlc both of
Ciod n~lrl r ~ fCt~risl as t l o h g
Lho pul.l~hrrslnc. (Acts 20 28:
I TI^. a : G : RCV. 5 : ~ ) GO^
runHlrlrrR llIe BS something
h l u h l y vnluable. He does not
wnnt tlluse whom he lrouqht
wit11 the precaous blood of his
6 u t 1 to 1)crish. It fs his tiesire
t 1) tit peopIc everymhem. re~ n r d l e ~ufr their station in

and keepln~ knawled~e of


Ccod'a Word Is rnrtch the same.
Yuu mny notlce ths skill that
OtllerH hnw i l r thclr use of
t h e Dll~lo, Nu I L ~ I L L ~ , Q P %,hat
cluostlons comu up, lhcy seen1
t o have t h e Rcrlpllrrnl xnswer. Dub never roucluda that
LIrey AUL th~ilknowlerl~ewithout eff~wt.NO m i ~ t l r r~ v h owe
are, It rcqulres seriouu study

BccllmulnlR nn nccttr~te
knowledae of thc Bible. nnd
to

once IVC llavc 11 mc rnr1.t lrpep


nlizdyiti~I n mnlntaln 11, fi we
Iircci IMfiril'a ritlrnot~ll.lon to
'J'lmotkiy otlr ntlvi~llcrln~nb
nlhn w i l l Iku r n t i ~ l l ' c ~ x Eto all.
W 3 / 1 5 13

Thmmdny, April 8
WC hove h c o m a theatrical
qcctacrc fo thc world.
-I cw. 4 :9.
Rwe mu1 uoan not taking
about the apostle8 ae being
Iltc. tcnrn the truth, accept
a apactncla In thnk, Ra others
hlx provision nnd gain Hfe.
vie!tRt?d thorn lmtlin~ honest
In your' 1ovo for fellow h i m a n s lives, thoy hecnrllo cmvjnced
c u n t l r ~ ~ ~twf nwiden
~
out be- of the r l i h t l ~ c wuf the Chrlscalinr uf your apprec~athe tlall wny of lifr. No, he 1~
lllnt all humans ate red1 the discuaslng the srlflerinp Lhnt
property o i nod an$ of
t h e n p o s t l e ~ eqlrrlcnced, as
Christ? W 2/15 I-6b
tllouuh l ' e ~ ~ r ~ ~ ~exposed
htrl~~y
i ~ ?a ttient rr br!ore n 1mIr.ers~1
IVdnrndmy, April 2
8pcctr~Cr)~,I11p,
'rllc. "thcnlrlral
Pontfw o t ~ rtlresc things; be r;~rectrkcl+b"thnt thc npustIes
allaorbrd in tlaem, that your prcrenl. in tho Irlbir '1s by hrlnot n [)mad
adnnnccmrtal may bc manifest mall st~cl~d~~~.clrr,
antg, hut n ~ o r t y and CDIIto rill.--I T i m . 4:15.
temptl1,lo
one.'
TerEulllan'~
Whlla 11 Isl true that knowlsdur Is ~1 "gifl" from God. trnnalnt,ion help8 us to get
t11ls vivid i ~ t ~ ~ofr the
e SUI11 Is uot acqulred or mainInined wlthaut considerable Perlng u i hrlall~nfi when it
fipeak~
of
thrnl
m
"men
II
personnl elTorE. To illustrate.
rr mrirrlcian mag be mid tn polntcd tO IEqht alth mfid
beasts." Onc cnn therefore
liRvtb n RIIC for playing the
ptcture B tcittmpllnl procemion
pfn~:a. H v may have ccrtaln
u ) Roman times At the rear
nnturnt illcltnatlona that lend
comra the thltlifol hnnd ot
thornaelwa to his musicsl
EIpOSI.1BR
nnd atller Chrlstlans
nblutp, rand yct we &ould not
be
in^ loA like d~spiaetlcrimiconclrtdo that hla ability ta
llny came w l t h o ~ ~cfTort
t
or 11la1s to the n r a m wh~1.a::peetabor8 will 1.ovv1 In lilcir slrfI I ~ ~ ILI ~ ! rnalnlalns this gift
mllhout prnctlce. Our getting
fenng nntl denth. W 4 / 2 7, 8a

Xhd world I8 pm81nQ away and


ad b it^ deafre but he t h t
doe8 tile W M Ia) GO$ remains
forctlet .-1 Jalin 2 : l l .
All you young people, do

you wrtnt to remain Xorever?


OI coursn you <lo! Then M n eflt irotu the goad counsel of
tho nlnture ones who are Ye-

l ~ o v n l i 'wltna%?es.
~
Work hard
nt nvofd!rlg Ure generatltlm
RRI) $ ~ l dt~ccoming vlctims of
st. Brlnlr rh victlm means only
rilan~,pr~~ntment
nncl death, as
Jollll rvr0tC. I~~rtenci,stick
clnw to Godk Word snd his
ol'unnlsat lot1
of
dedicated,
bn]~l.imdtwo la, 13o the will of
aclrl. Arul kink af the reW I L ~ ~that
R
can bc yoilrs If
yorl nvolrl the ene ern ti on gap1
R l ~ h t now yr~u can enjoy
rnnny hnpp
experiences if
tmly y a l ~ W I reach
~
out m d
wlm holtl ul the thmcratic
~ > r l v l l e gbhcln~
~~
extcr~cIed to
(:l~ristlnn J ( I \ I ~ ~ An(1
I R . 111 tile
i ~ r t u r ~ Well,
*?
Pr&vt=rbs $:I. 2
~ 1 1 ~ : ; : My firm, my lsw do not
$ ~ fiat,
I I nnd my commrandments
mny yolrr Iwnrt observe, bccnum IrtlKlh of tlnys nnd
grtftra nT HIo and pcnrc wlU
ba ndrlrd tcl you!' Pnrmlts,
Irowrvpr, cmr do mnucl~t o prevrnt a ~ ~ i i c m t i o pap
n
from
nslslne in the first place.
It' 5 / I 25-37

Ratw&byp Apin ET
[Ckfatl dktl tw all that
l l t o a ~who llva rnlght live no
lonprr jar tlvmselues, but jor
I ~ i mwho diaR for them.
-2 Cor, 6:15,
Bervice to Ood and Christ
Is a saurm of rcfrwhment and
JOY. (Untt. 1l:ZR-30) But humhns ~vi:hout frith, and wicketI spirit f o r m . make things
11nrcI fur Ctu+ls!.ta!~s.Thfs has
been the cxpcrlc~lce of our

brothers, e:r;lcclnlly in lands


urldor cllcl;ntorlal ~ ~ f l eOften
,
lalcy 11nva bepa pw~ecuted
h~crtutlc of obeyfag Jews'
conimrtnd to teach God's

word. [Matt. a ~ : i g ,ao] ht

other t h e n persecution ha8


come upon Un becalm. out of
frrithfuln~wte ( l o r l , we refuse
to fret incc!lvcd 111 :ha politiml
and mllltnry nilnlrs of Che
nntlons. 'I'llr Ilne of lenst rcsistanco nnuld be to ~ l v oill,
to llvc gotrrl, nlosnl Ilvr.r, whlla
accnmmotlnblna I,he ctc~nnuds
of the Golnlllnl.ln~i f:overrlments Rut, nu Chrlatlrtne we
Rre '110 longrr I i v l n ~for ours e l v e s . W c 111R I I P I ' P ~ ~01
~ SJchovah Eml i~nrl Ju:rus Christ.
Apprcdntl~l$ thp bol1nct1r.s
love thot v:e hnvc bee11 shorrlk,
we nte w~llfng to bll:ler, yes,
even tn rlle, in fallhfiil service. W 6/15 21

Sunday, kprll 0
My brothers, what uso la It for

a man l o Rap he ha# faith


tohe?! he rloea no+Ji!ng to
shmu t t P 4 n a . 2:11,
New F:ri~llahR!3ble.
In d~allnn!t:ill~ tlrr m n t k
oi fnltir Jnrnu~, 1118 hnli
brother of .Frm?iu:+,
wroLe same
very htrong 111lt1~n,Flr looked
n1 fnil h 111 Gllc fjtlma way tllnt,
Pnul rlld. (%Ef)ln.10:0, 1b) A n
inrllvlilz~ul 11rkt1 nn Iacnhsn to
honst tiliout 1118 f'fi1111 IT ha
does not hnvc v:or?;a to brclr:
It up. Really, hi6 rlnlm thnt
he ha8 Init11 I8 s],u~'lous.(Jas.
2:15, 1U) Works nrr zimled
to demt>nsl[nre thnt tlin clrsire exprcsxml In tlw words I.s
genull~c. .Julne~ ]loink out
that wortla t h a t nrc not
bac1~8d1111 ~ l t h
& C ~ ARPO Of na

vsluo. dunt unylnl< the words


"Keep nn~in"wlll ntlt b e n c f i l
your Chr!stlnn bruthcs or 61ster. If cine w m t ~t o s@c per-

sons keep then~wlves wnrm.


tllcn It w i l l krkr n Ill.tte nor%
un the p ~ r ut t the Chrl~EIxrr
t o m to It t h n l thc prrsolls
are kept wilrnl hy ~ l v i nthem
~
somethlrl~.Llltcwlxe fnltt~akust

be ~ c o o n ~ p n n l ~hyc l works. It

kc bnckcrl up Ily nction.


Yes, i'fnitli, If It due^ not hnvO
works, ia dantl in I1snlf."-Jas.
m11r;t
2:17.

W lil

14, 10- 1'1

Monday, April 7
1
am WPed blemed, PsrQird puraebea, a& be shut- snta who are ckllcnr;ed and
Pnptixed
servants of Uocl have
tered to pleceal Plan out u
scbme, and ft wilt be broken t,lle n n t m l Iovo for tllek ORu p ! Speak an# trord, cmd it hl~rlngthat W irnpln!lM in
lu!Zt not stand, /or God ia hurnanklnd. They alhv haw
1l1c upportunllp - to torge a
with us!-Isa,
8:P, 10.
in the family clrclo with
What
~~orlrlly-wise men ~iltllty
I I P love and nnertlon that
iicheme Is c!on~~rcLPt o failure. Fnlrl
speaks of furrl ilia$ can
They not only pn.w over Cod's
joy
and sntlsf~ction
plrrpme but plnn and fig1zt Lrlt~g
ur~nfkiriable
nny other
n ~ a l n s tit, E v r r ~ in the ninb- rnrllntl. They by
ran ~ l t l their
tcr of combllll~ru Eqetfier, In clillclren to bcconw
ralihful
n Unitwl Nnrlon8 organlea- acrcnnts of God; not only
lion, the polilicr~lnnd wlltary t l l l ~bring the inmily clnscr uiu
tolmdms are ~ o l l l f icoatrarg to
but it 1.q tlhn brvt inGod's purpQ!;ch.It 18 really n ~cltlPr
horllr~nce,
they
ccol~lrl
pasu
on
conspiracy n}:it111:it IIirn. Ovrr
two thousnllll Ihrrr, -.
hi~nrlrt.rl
---..- - - lo l,llulr children. 1Y 2;1 2-4a
scars nr:r), t ! a t . 1); lq~hrt Isninh
was inspired tu r:rry tn erleloy

r~coplcsIhr! nllortb. The modProve ~/o?lrselveeeon8 of your


ern unificntlol~uf the people8 Father who 13 in Ihc J W C I D E ~ ,
In a Unrlcrl Nntlons organl~a- si?xcc hc malcet ?tfs R I I ~rise
tion for c.orhI pence a n d secu- ripofr tricked pcmic o~irtgoad
t lty rv111 not Irlumph ovcr
nrrd makes i t rain l r p f l ? ~n'ghctod's P U I ~ O R O Ir)lm mankind. tcolrs p ~ o p l e and f~nr4gltteoz~s.
I1 must fall. The dlvislon of
-Matt. 5:45.
the human race l a FncreasetI
Jehovah Gorl lof~thaawickhp languogs BlIrererlces. varyMne.rs, but he Jovrs humnm
ing custom.s, op ming poutlns hi^ prOpertv nlld wants
cnl aims and lrPcoloaLes, and only the best ior Lhem. Do
rncial zlld r.eliglt)~~s
prcjudicea. you treat people as God's
The world of 1nntlM11dcannot property, aanHnu Ihem to
be united nrnonrr fl~ernwl~~es~
hllrwe in the bl?%?lngs he h s
for they arc not united to it1 ntore for thusc rcapecthg
Jchovnh Goc1.-2
Cor. 4:4.
I!la ownership rl~ht,,l? Abk
IV 1 0 / 1 5 15, 17
Yoursell: When I nlu In control of my Ilmc, ii-.:i~t.q and
Xwmlmy, AprM 8
rrk~Hltics,do I u.w tlirst! n h o s t
Ja brotelrr low Itave tmdw axt:hi\ively to Lwnctlt myxetf,
I
nY f[iInilY an[[ 1 ~ friends?
'
u#eetwn tor nttc another.
Or., tlu 1 think nbortt wllnl: I
-Ram. 12:10.
A
fnmlly r c l a t i a p rlln tI0 for tbotre ill u~llortunnte clrcum~!nnces or tbase
bledslnc. when &drew
might be l o n o l ~ ,even if
l e m e d the idctltity
the
not esM(?g.gsiah,110 first u r all n,ellt tl1cir ilersmal1W
with the good npws to his l~c".lnlly appeal to me? Do I
1nlk.k~
others
feel
thnt
they
am
flpr;hly bother silnon peter,
Am 1 ltrclined t o
(John 1:41) yes, !
,la nprn-etfn:sB?
K ~ V P of myself 11% hellnlf of
tlnnshlp m l p p l i ~a bond t h n t
rll-1lOrR with no thullr:ht of
cnnnot be d r ~ ~ i e dHowever,
.
there 2s lill even cloher bond, cpblln~ anything In r.ebwn
Xr.n~n
them? When your love
rind that js the chrjstinn
b ~ o t h e t h o d . Btothms in t h e ~ ~ " b e m ds h u t b rxneckd
l
truth havs ~onlrthing that "11~1 incl~rdm the l t n f ~ t,lllintc
yokl we! i d t f i l l ~ p : ,Yr~hovah
ovPn fleshly brcbt)lura do not
hwe, But wllcn v o w famtly Ood. har ring his vlow of hucornbinea both i;.ln.tlatlships, rnn~lklr~d.
W 2/15 'I-Vb

r"hnrriday, AprN 10
want t o pe P E T ~ E Ofl0
~,
sell your h e h f l n g s ontP give
to thc poor
and corm: be
mrr fo1lotser.-Mutt. 19:2I.
T o be Imitators of Cird by
belnu perlect even
He is
perfoct, wo must be dolnu all
we cnn I!r the Interm(; of ]>Uure
\vorr,lilp. Jesus showed this
wllen R dch young man cnme
to him and asked a'llnt he
muaL do Lo galn avrrlnsttnx
lifr. Josm realiecrl Ilint lle
rnrnald Im benefited If hr nn-

It

$IOU

...

brrrctenetl h h s e l I of tilt: d1.s-

tcnclione that kept hlrn from


bolu~:perfect; or complete in
hla Eervlcc to Goc!. Whnt

nl~anitll: do

Jestls'

there 1s n :~~estionfor enclt


indiidd~~nl:Am I pereosialll!
wluinr: to Ilc n, art aP the
modern 'npcctncg to tho
nor:(!'
resented by morlrsn
sairllua? rnr:~?"You can. it

words

ni~out lmlng "perfect" have


for us lotlay? Thls: Wa nlmply cannot be conteut wlI,h

g l v i n ~tnkcn service t
a God.
We nmgt love God with our
t~qholr!I~cnrt, mI, mind nttd
~ t r ~ l l ~ and
t h , n?t R ~ ~ O prrW
so!lnl dcelres to 1ntorr1:ra wILh
o i ~ rcotrrplcle devotion to Mm.
Thus if wc have no salptirrnl
ahllcationr, ur physlcnl hnlldIm~)sto keep us from nhnriny: full time in prearhltlc: the
Kingdom ~ o o dnewii tn olhrrn,
ufc rvill he sharlng in t,I:e
it111-t,lrnepreschicg IrTork. We
cn~inot,be "perfect" l i wr: hold
I~:~clc
in ow servlCC t o (3od.
IV J / 1 5, 6a

Frlaay, aprU 1%
Do not become ashamed o
t b witnrss about our
neiilttr. of me a pri.poner fw
h i s snkc. but take pour part
la suflctlng eoil jm tlrc good

to t b r puturr
Tim. 1 : 8 .
Jehovnli'w people are llot a
thrcnt ta Inw and order. They
wa r ~ u 1 Chistrans. They clo
in(l@@d
yepresent the ganuin~
ChrJaLian cong~egution. Thla
is prnvcfl by how tllgr scrullu101th:~ try to apply the Bcrlpturc:: In t h e k o m l i v p ~ .Their
conrrcRntian is the mmr! in
stv~rcturo RS h a t OOrrWsRen by
the nl>ostles and prophet8 111
news &cording
01 <God.-2

nmt mtuv.
-people
teach the name hutha, Jehovnh's W ~ ~ ~ P K Tare
E S d mod.
ern "'sspectncle tu the worlrl"
m sufCcrll11: for the ram8
t h I n ~ 3ns (lid Jesus nnd hi8
apostles. Anrl as an orgnnixn.tion, thny know that thnv wlll
eontinut l o lace trihalntinn
riaht Il~rourrhthc end of thla
wicked Vshm of things. But
the

Ratnrdny, Apfl 1%
"Abraham pwt jaitlt fn Jahourah, and 41 was counted ta
him aa rlphtpasrsness." attd kc
crrm to br: called 'Jehnt:al~'~
fr/mrl!'-Jas. 2:23.
A rrlnl,lnn6htt) rtlrcly. if
ever, t ~ t , ! t r ~ l n ntllk. Zt dthor
devclwu rlr rer.rdes. TIIIR 1n
wrnethlna to bc watched and
s ~ f e r y t l r ( I l ~ ! $r!i~~eciaHlywhcn
per?c~jr~i
nro Hvlng clomly toceLhrr n R h ~ t ~ b n nand
d
wlra.
Thc-rr! n ~ n y l,r! n~utuol f a l l h
Illld N r n l j d ~ l lk~
U b P j l l la;!!h,

hut I t cnnnnt be talien for


granted. Ro prompt, evon In

smnll I ~ ~ I I A
toB dcmonet~nto
,
tllosr? flllr* qualities
Tills
Ai>rahnm rlid tllroupllaut 121s
lifr. Pnul mentions three hlg
ere?ita wlic!~ Abrahnrn, by
p ~ o ~ n pnbedlence,
t
provrtf hln
5brollK fnllh nnd devollon 1A1
Jchovnh: 1 1 ) HIS leavlnu hIs
hnmetown nnd country whcn
called, n,nd (2) hi8 Hvinp: for
year* "na nn allen , , , in n
fnrrlqn 1nnrl." and especfnlly
( 3 ) hi8 'oflrrlng up of Islnc.'
(Heb. l i : 8 - 1 0 , 17-19> Nollce

how the i a r c ~ n l n1s


~ :well s r ~ p ported by Jnmcs. Whnt a
health ~ r o w t hto a Bnf re~atiollstfp
I W h a t s Zhrlllln~

concEuslnri I
Abraham
hnrE
eat inlth In God, and ( 3 ~ 1
ad Rt.rClllK confidence in bla
friend, W 5/15 16

Bmdav. Anrll 18

do mot 'be&g to-m r aohaa, for yoas were bought


YOU

I have done. Doubtlnn uaruallv


does nob involve fugdb~ientd
truths such as (1) Jehovah's

with a price. B y all means. sovereignty, ( 2 ) the Kin~dom


fllorijp God fn the body 01 or 13) the ransom, Rnther, we
you people.-1
Cor. 6:19, 20. may becoms concerned wllh
mlnw matter, and due
Our young Czechwlovaklan some
t o prfde we put our j ~ e r s o n ~ l
bmthws who refused. military optnions nhaad of C&'s Word
duty, ns well as to work in and Jehovah's orsanlaatln~~.
uranium mines t o help to A half brokl~erof Jcxus wnrns
equip the mlIitsry, had t h e us in the words above a ~ n l n n t
tlrm conviction that, bhougll
dwbtlng. A knowlerljic o: h o w
kllled by men, Gad wottld not God has dealt a?Eh hls peuplo
forget them but wmId restore in the past and the present
them ta Me. W
e we in- d U he1 us to uvord dn~ibts.
rirndunlky may never face Wc
not doubt Jehnvnh
such a severe test to our because he uwa imperIect rr,er~
fnithfulnem to W, are we, in positions of weighty sc~~onctheless,cvm now put- b-ponsiblllty. W 7/15 15. 18
t l n ~him Arst? Or, possibly
your sclrwlrnates or work- !
T a r ~ h y ,Appl! XK
Inntes put pressure on you to
111)nndonyour Christian p r h - I f he does not Iisten Even to
clples. W h n l are you doing and the corrgregatfm. let I ~ l mbs
6
us a man of tho
will you do 111 the face of such t o 8 ~ fust
d~iiicultles? Wvlng in to the natlons and as .a t a r collcclor,
--~utt. WIT.
oerfiecution or nressure mieht
heem t o make life easier, mEre
From Jesus' own example it
bearable:
whereas proving ia evident that there was a
fe,itbful to Jehovah God may
difference between friendship
mean continued ~ n deven in- and his &Tort$ to heal tlioso
r:masad &use for a while. If who were splrittu~llysick and
you bear In mind your in- to dll.cct them to rspc~itnnce
clchtedaess t o Jehovah God and into the path of rlnhteousneufi. Wo wc, too, R closn
and Jesutr Christ, you will
make the right decl8ion. Y w similarity between the hcolment accorded these and the
will cwitlnue to "glorify God."
trcalment set forth in tho
FV 6/35 32-24
nnostle Iyni~lkin:;lnlctionil V P girding those -dlslellobshlpcd
Monday, April 14
from the Chrlstiar~ conq:rrl:nHe roho donbta Is Uke a m ~ v e tion, nnmely, not " r n l x l n ~ In
01 the sea drIt?en by the wind company" wIth mlch oacs,
astd blown cbout. I n fad. let
not "even eating" with tiirn~.
?tot that m a n arrpgosa that
( I Car. 5:IlI clearly, trekrtln~
I t e mil[ recew? a n y t a i r t ~porn
an unrepentant s1nner. ns "1%
Jtblfovah; he i a nn indecisive
man of the notions nrtd 8s a
man, ~~nstendv
in all h u m q f i .
tax cdlector" means tlierc
-JUS.
1.6-8.
s!tould be no Irakrlzlng nrltt;
As w0 we seethe c o n c l m such a one. BUC, us Jwt\
of thla system of things draw- example shows, thEs does not.
require our trestil?~such a one
ing near. all who are to enan enemy or refuxinb to
dure will have to lmow GDd. as
shox common courtesy nnd
Unlem we are weU acquainted
consideration. Nor r!ocs S t r~tle
with the w a y he deals with us, out the glving o i help lo thwe
we could essily su~cumbto t h e who want to correct R wrong
pitfall of doubting, us some course and regain G o r l * ~favor.
dcdlcated, baptized Chrktians W R / l 19, 20

WIIP

tVotlneatItcy, AprM 16
Tlrs ct/.gs oj Jehovah aro 3n
cveru
kecpI?~fl watch
? ~ P U ? L 1 LP bad otws and tlre

lnet on exl~lbltionas men npo i n t d to death." God alowed them to appear as low-

sons of men, and It is to hlm


thnt A n ncmuntinu rn1r.d be
mnda, Jehovnli'fi l o v i n ~ care
n ~ ~m
r lt c h f r ~ ~ n r sfur
s the wellme o t hlil vnple nro most

Ilnrly.

pTCr,

1 5 :5.
Ycs, Jehovnh's eye8 are ogm
to sea all the wnyn of the
good 0nc.p.-Prou.

Ply

hy the warlcl's stmndards.

a~havah'a people today, us


thcy carry o u t thew worldwide wltnesslng. aufIer sirnThis does not mcan

thnt CEod has rejected them.


l a fact, one needs the modern con#rEation of Sehowh's
people lorl:iy in order to he a
splrlti~nl p ~ r s o ~ The
i.
truth Is
rvlrlent, ncni! ; ' r r l ~ thla fnct. 11nt to be fo~ind w i t h t h ~ s
t!mt the Iovlur: Crcntm is 1vt10 arc most popular mnr511
ftllly nupnre of 7 he good ones
the world httt d t h t11o.w nIla
n s well ns l h c bnd, ~ b n t l I V I I R ~ nre persecuted bemuse of livt ~ : i c ? l la dolu~,,rt persrn does
I11r: w i t h ~odlydevotion in as\vrll to nsk lllrnsrll: 'Xi .lr- soclal!on 1~3thChrist Jews.
hrj~nhis l o u k i n ~Inr Iirlthfril- -3 Tim. 3 :I?. W 4 " I 10-12%
npss rmorir: hi:; prglc. docs
hr v i e w n i t n:; such R t w "
F r i h y , April If3
slllpcr? JR iny wny o i life one
t hdm prove rulrat his o?m
nE InlthTtiliicsn? How nm I h
fa, and t & 7 ~ Ihe will have
la ktlow II 11e npprovm of wmk
canna jar exultation i n re1na7' Is it not rcn~onnhlc to ffard
t o himsell slme, and
supposr tllnt, thr! Gnrl nf
In cowlparison wfth the
Inithll~lne~woultl httvr! II ?rototliw
p n . u o r 1 . 4 a l . 6:4.
xl.nnclnrd (,hat would tleflnn
A problem rums thm who
Tor' tlla worshl e m w h r ~ t lu
m
n
t
to
wnik
111 the light, to
rlt:ht nnd w h r ~ t I V ~ O S ~ K , ~00C1 bo it1 union with
the Suurce
nnrl bnrl, t r u ~~ n d
Ialw? Ye% nP Huhl and w l l h his
in
iC la. And mom than thnb, l.hc hhort, l o practice the Son,
Ood n l ordor n t ~ dacnca hna 11 iu how to lreep propertruth;
mengrovldcd jlr~l 81tct1 14 dlvlno
bnlnllce in liie mldst of the
nt~tndnrrli n hla Word, Ior our to1
tlsrkness surrouncltng them
i ~ ~ a t c ~ ~ c l No
l o n .t ~ l l ~ rbook
r
nt
nut1 not be enticed away from
I~>at,r~~r.LIon
1!1 nccck!tbla Id tho
Lhe pnth of light. To this end
~Lal mnjorlty u i manldnd. self-exnminatlot~
is vltRI, using
! { / I 5-7
God's Word as the guide ns
to
what
one
should
be doing
Thtlruday, Aprll 17
if one Is practlclng the truth,
Wa have becoms (I tltentrical
wa1l;ing in lhe llght. (1 John
spcclnrla
to anprls, and
1 :R , This self-examination ent o men.-I
Cor. 4 : 9 .
ters Lnto n number of ~4t~ltRI
nl ens, flrens tn which ench one
y e s , P R U ~ I n hare- nay!ng
thnt a unhersB1 audience or us should be interested. We
w r a spectntocu to Ehe In- shotrld do it, h a v l ~ l gin rnincl
dlpnlttes. tile oppasltlun ~ r t d Fnul's word8 above, as we11 as
llle 8 h t e r n m t nt 2 CorinPI..WC~~~IWL
LO which he ttnd
R t u rornpnnions were s t ~ b - thians I0:IZ thzt those r h o
cgmpnre "tl~emselres with
j c c t t d nu tbcy cnrrfrd out
Ihclr mlnlstrstry. Xn spttr of tlrm t?l~mselves hnvc no under~tllTer111~Ch:lC the n O B t l ~ l 8lnlltEtng." We should Zet Gr:dgs
hure, :.lllrltt~n!lg mlndeg men W~>rrlshow what God requires
lxirlt l l i r r ~tvnuld IISIVA knon!~ of those wlio say they are
thlit Cmd b~ckccl1lp the nprW '*prnctlclag the -truth." Let
us not be memmng ourselves
t l ~ x . Rucll perEullR wollld
know, loo, aa Paul snld, Ihat by some other hwnan. W 9 / 1 5
15, 7
' * ~ ; o #1111s put us the npontlra

PH

...

in^ back t l ~ e n . Why would


Cirlstinns llvlr~rt so far from
G M ! ' S M'rlngu of n n ~ lj u a mesit ncpd to lee1 this wny?
1Flcrc icUt be no end, upon 1nny other attitude
llrsone of Drrufd and ttpon l ~ i s BPcnuse
lcntt tlletn i r ~ t oputting
klnarlmnr Q order to estahEsh ~vould
ttfeir
truM,
~niE110~11"In worldit fit?nlv nrrd to azrstazn it b!,
ly tlllrles. Tliny ncrt? to keep
qtrersns of 31~<tlue
and by means
i n mirlrl ltlnt the t l ~ l r ~ g s
oJ rEyhtm~~q?ress.-Isrt. 8:7.
nrot~ndltlarn wore rrulng lo he
licl'e we huve
promise
Thry wnuld nrso
flbam[,haMast High God t h ~ t deflt~aycd.
hnve In provr their intemity
thc D~tvldlc Kingdom of his
to
Qoit
by
hccrlrnfz Juhn's
Mc&slnll !vl.Jli not only be a
wordrr R~OYC,I i ~ rtliry would,
rl!,hl.fi~l o11c btit also be
n CllnP, die. nnrl wlmt wonld
trl~lished nnd maln:ained in d
jrts!lm
~ r l d righteousness, thelr recorrl br7 We tMny
sho~!ld
1 1 k r w l ~be conmrued
This gomnment of mlretlon
to whnt kllicl o f record we
for the people vrlll be set LIP n:i
by Otd, tilnaelf, not by tho nre maklnr:. HY 1/15 1, 2a
rlr:mr~c:rtillr vote of thc psoplc,
Monrlny, Apfll 21.
S'or, ns t1lu lrppbet Isniah
[corn or1 t11hny, thc very ma1 Chrildren, bc ohrdlant to voftt
R
tho
of .Jehuvnli of BrnlIeE will d o pamalr I ~ E ~ L R ~ O wXth
tlils." W t n t Jehovah is Fal- Lord, for this i s rlglrfeoio:
"linrros your jnlher nnd mw
o w lor 118 will accompllzh.
Ilr hnn inspired manv other fnoti~m"; which fa the prrt
ntF,lc ~rophPctesrespect- dle cntrrn~nnd rvilh rt promi,se:
TILO LO^ i t m w rju WcIl ~tlfLh?lox
prvlcct ~ot'ctnrnent that the
hlcsslnh Jesus ~411 give z11 arrrl wv may mdtm a lbng
mt~t~kind.
HF hm men us R
i i ~ l i e on the earth."
-Kph, b : I - 3 .
~fltnrentee ol this promised
pyc~r~rr~mcnt
In t h a t h e resurabediencr: to pnrent~ia not
rcclccl Jcs11# C h i s t ; from the
usl: a mnller of r i o i n ~what
(Irwrl on the third day in dnhry my but nlao lncludes
rllct~llon of the innocence of
contormlna to wbnt, you know
l l ~ n tnne, HI Peter told Corneill reflect fnwrnl>ly on the
I ~ I IBSl ~ d~ I ~ O BWP i t h h i m . - A ~ t ~ tnmlly. It really means sub10.40-43. W l O ( 1 5 29, 311
mislon tr>thf rwlntlona and
r r ~ u z ~ s rof
l YOHI. prtrcnb in
Ulrnd~y,(r,prll 20
hntnlrlrly wit11 Ciorl'c wtll. Yotz
Do nal 1x lorinn d t h s the rnlcilt nsk yotlr~.rlf: When I
go rl!~tof thl! Ilrr~~!~r,
rlo 1 ~ I v e
tunrrd rl: t h thinfl~ in the
:vidr~ioc tl~rll,1 come from a,
world, I anp man looea the
3hlmlrctllinIlr>int3? Is my ~ n b rrlo,-lrl, t i e roue of Ihc mther
lt11:11 ailvn~~r:crnci~b
nlun1Pe~t
fn trot In bitn..-1
John 2:15.
tSirous11 gourl rnnnnars, n, reAlx~tlt Ihc y e w 64 C.E. the
~
c
r
ltll
l
n
t,LIludr
tuwnrrf
older
nposllr! Pcler wrote t o the
Chri~liancongregation urgIll~ ~eoy)lranrl thorn In nuthority
mtl thro11~11
flrrnncw lor what
l.flrin t o 'krep close In mind
IS rtcllt- n t hchOCI1. In the
t l ~ c prcsenrc of the day of
id~lil~orl~oorF
and clecwhere?
J~!~ovah.'( 2 Pet. 3 3 1 , 12)
30 I cnncrnte ~ r l l hrnv ClsrisWllen Chriditians f
i&
rend
,Inn 1)rirrmts In HIY cl~olcsof
tllosr! words it wns more than
~ r s n r ~ r rrrr~omln(:
rl
anrf d r ~ x v ?
I ,OO(t yonrs before the presecce
3r da I s ~ c k tr~ ntlopt imof tho "~IRY" of Jehovah's
nodnat tmtl ~xtrerneEnds rind
t~tdpnlouitof (=RrJalendomand
,hen try to plnemuromy pariho prcuenl &ern
of things.
:nts into str!lnlr t l i l n ~ a my
YcE Pfter'9 words had an
n~ulicirllun to C l u ~ i a n slivany? W 2/15 29a

H n h r d a ~April
~
19
To llra abtmdunce of tlte
pr1naIy rnla and to peace

p r m w ration~lleefind cornpromim, 'Snle could lend to


his eternal UndainK, Therefore, now, whlle thrre Is tehttvc calm in moat of the world.

fionday, April 82
0 Timothy, gsrard what is
faid up In trust mfth gOuI
turtdng mtmn J ~ o mthe m p l y
speeches t f a t t)ialale what
is Irfl1g.-l
3'ltn. 6:20.
Wnlclll~ig entertnlnment on
telovinlon, H~lenlng ta soap
oporns nn tho nillo lo, or readinf: novola wlll not Improve
uu~r knowledge of the CrenLor'a purposes, The BlbIe Is
t h e instruulrnt provider1 by
C ; d , nnrl through hh dsible
01 ~ n n l r . ~ ~ t 11e
l a l ~has provided
nlrcrly uirla lor c l l l t l w t i n ~the
~srtlor t r u t t ~ .TllnC we need
t r ~ cuillvr~tr nnrl t o imp~ove
our knrnvlcrlge uf the truth Is
in hrirnu\ny wllh what Pwl
wrnla. (]I&?. 0:l-31 Stnce i t
1.9

nod's )ur

R=w under
VXP

Is the t l n ~ ato w t ~ r k hnrrl at


developing
''the mini1 o f
Chrlst" nnU to Ict it control
every atipect OX one% lifc,
Work nt lnaking ynilrsrlf the
kind of p r r ~ o i l thnt G o d
would npp~.ovc nt nrlv f i v l e .
But i t is nilt mlw to rlevelrqj
nnd dwcll on clnrl:, n~orhrd
fenrs regnrtllng rvhnt pcrrerse
tillngs tile cncrny mtrht comc-

d n y d o trr Or~rl:9prorlrc. V?:laer. n Ct~rlfllliin s l l l r~row1117

!l!ht~mday, ApM 24

the

Kla~rlorn \o
the earth
~ I O ~ ~ I I I Lwith
L P ~ men and wornr n prrlrct Itr knowledpe, then
I t In icvrll thnt IVC now R ~ V Z ~ ~ C
in know!cdr!t? t h a t klefits tile
eervnntr; ot Jehovah. I t mould
nut hn wise for us to make a
prnctleo n? Ilstenlng to fake
r r l ~ ~ l o u 1)ropnanlda
n
on the
rr~dlonr on tclevi~lon, nor to
llrivr! BIIOII
Illtcrntnra come reg11lnl.ly Into our homes, thinkinr! Lhnt thln mould equip us
to rPIule ~ri~acrlpturalteachI r r ~ n . Pn~rl'sndvlw is pertinent
I I P ~ C . 1V 3 / 1 5 14, 15

Wmtnastlrry, A m %!t
IJappy arc lhoee ?ah4 Mae
born persecuted or righteownres' sake.-hatt.
5:lO.
Tho qucstion a h t be
aakd, H n w can any person
endure alrcll ntlvemity? There
IRonly one wny n person can
senlo111 :II rn L L ~.S Christian
while mflcrlnf! evll: Re must
ho n ~t)l\lbr:tl persull. Eee
t t l l n ~ sfrom God's standp0ir.t.
S r ~ c ha orlc will knotv that tle
IR . ~ L I ~ ~ W ~Inr
I I Rrighteousness'
~ n k c .nuL ki fleshly thfnkirig
irj nffnctl~ig h l ~
llfe nnd 31s
hse n worldly viewpoint, even
Ilc who clnirna lo know the
way of tho truth may under

Becanre kind to one anothw,

tenderly campalblonate, jreeIr) for(flvirtg own o ~ ~ o l l i rfirst


r

a3 Gnil nl?o 7)g ('llrlst f r r ~ l p


jorflfl ~w to ti -#,'f)h. 4 : C .
'M librtZltnla Ircn cornmzinimltlon hot?vurn [mrcnttl nu&
chilrlmn, I L LH \~P~IPIIcIILI
fur
t h n Ininlfy I,o 8hn1.c ~nr\nlntohrr s11L11r.r 1lirlt1 tl~~vt:lapit~g
11o IIRIIIL or a5~Llrif:fi1~1111rnLc1y.
Rcgulnr C O I I V C ~ ~ I ~ 111,
I I R lilenla

rb

I!n]>roven Iirlnllg cornni11nlcntton. Frtrtn(s 11ml t a elcpres


an8
encournm contj~n~lnfi
love. Thr: ~tl.o~tl!
honcl o f lol'e
will unik Chrlstlnn Inrnt1le.s.
(Gph. 5.25: 'flltrs 2:d) IV!Lh
love. tho chnritl~l 01 comrilunlcntlot~r ~ m n l n sopen. fiornctinlea cblldrc~i hccolne f,?lPccrlCored II 1,110 llni4mts nrs
alwrtyn spenklnr: crlllcnlly of
olhere. dow~~f:mdlrir: others,
nr dl~glnh.1113 W ~ R L f.9 bzd,
But Ilnmilta rho srnwtli over
the lniblr~nnrl fnr~llsof others, zmrl wlln t ~ t k n~ kind,
loving ntlrtude, twlp their
chlld~.ento Iw: Iovlrlrr nnd lorgivlne, find t o lnkc 1hn lntererrt
in other pro lc And w h ~ n
pnreilCH ahow
ilnlity, lhey
are nol o111.v l , u i h l i i ~ up tho
joy of gtvlrrl: but nlso kespirlg
open tho r l ~ n l ~ ~CII
i r lcornmunicatloii, W SII 10, 11n

rr);

Frlday, AprPl 25
Thane will depart into eaertallinn rrtttinp-ofl, bwt the

the erring one where no

Ilfe.-aratt. 25:46.
In apcakfnu ahout this time
or the ~eneratlonseelug the

a t ou:. place of c~?ployrnent


or 111 $chnol, luve tlenra all
ttltnea. I n ~ v o n h "klieves
all Illlagl;." T l d ~ I8 nol. to
imply l,hnL Chrl-qtians are g111lihle, Tho polnl is Ihnt we
hnvd 11ril)lidt I,ru~t,in Jehovnh: we tlo not qucatlon whnt
He tell,; nn th~.onlBlhis \wittPn Word nrld hhs organizatlnn. bin^ work out well for

r~nAteotrsones into mmlaslirtg

eatabll8hmcnt of the Kingdom, Jcwn definitely promised


cvcrlnsllnn rarlllly life. TTIIS
la Ihc lllna for separating tlle
"al~cep'' r r m the '"oats." And
s h n L rewnrd dld Jesrts hold
olsl lor the "sheep" who help

a~:d a r v c wit11 his an&wd


"brotllerx" but who ere not
tl~rrnwlves such brothers of
C h r i ~ twho hnv8 heav~nlylife
In vlrw? Hc pmmlsecl that
tliear! rl~rlltcn!~s
ones wlll enter
lt~l~tr
o v c r I n h l , l ~nfc,
~ ~ yes, lice
rlfiht 11~1.e on earth. What n
Il~rlllinl: pmspecl. living forcvcr on @ruth,wh